PacSci Perspectives


Teens Spend Saturday Stream Monitoring

Feb 2, 2019

Members of LWWIP monitor Coal Creek in Bellevue.

Members of LWWIP monitor Coal Creek in Bellevue.

How did you spend your Saturday morning? Maybe sitting by the stove reading, sleeping in, snuggled under the covers, or preparing for that Super Bowl party you always throw?

For some teens on the Eastside, Saturday mornings are a time to explore the local environment. And when we say explore, we mean it. On this crisp winter morning, they were wading into local streams to monitor what was really going on out there.

These teens are part of Pacific Science Center’s Lake Washington Watershed Internship Program or LWWIP, we affectionately call it, Ell-Whip.

They test for dissolved oxygen, pH, conductivity, temperature, stream flow, coliform bacteria and this year, each intern is following a qualitative parameter of their choice in their field journal, as well.

Along with field work, these interns also work in the Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center’s extensive wet labs. Then they take what they’ve learned, go out to local schools and teach younger students.

It’s an excellent program for any high school student interested in the environment or anyone who wants to learn more about our area. It definitely gives you a new perspective on this place we call home.

We encourage you to learn more about LWWIP.