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  • King County Stormwater Programs (4th-12th grade; in-classroom and at Brightwater & South Treatment Plant)
  • Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center: Water Testing (Secondary) - Don gloves and goggles as you determine the pH and dissolved oxygen levels of water samples from Mercer Slough. What do these tests tell about the health of the ecosystem?
  • IslandWood (at Brightwater): Freshwater Ecosystem Investigation (Elementary) - In this field experience, students engage in the scientific process by comparing aquatic macroinvertebrates from two pond ecosystems in the Brightwater Center natural area.
  • IslandWood (at Brightwater): Landforms Investigation (Elementary) - Students will conduct field investigation in the Brightwater Center natural area, studying erosion, deposition, properties of streams, and run-off.
  • Nature Vision: Blue Team and Community Science- Multiple recurring classroom sessions and culminating field experience with a focus on restoration, stewardship, and community science in our local watersheds. 
  • Nature Vision: Classroom Watershed Education- 1 hour in class programs designed to support Next Generation Science Standards with a focus on water conservation, storm water pollution prevention, and the overall health of our watersheds and water systems. 
  • Nature Vision: Field ExperiencesMultiple hour field experiences with Nature Vision educators at a local stream or wetland site. Students will engage in water quality testing, ecology walks, invertebrate dips, and group games designed to promote interest in water conservation or stormwater pollution prevention. 
  • STC Kits: Land and Water (Elementary) - Land and Water invites students to manipulate their stream table model, create hills, build dams, and grow vegetation to observe how these things affect land and water interactions.
  • Salish Sea Expeditions: SOURCE Program - This land-based program is focused on supporting students in investigation of their local watershed, building awareness about water quality and stormwater issues in the Puget Sound region.

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Emerging issues

New information is continually emerging about the natural and synthetic chemicals people dispose of every day in their sinks and toilets. While scientists nationally and internationally study the effects of endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs), King County is taking several preventive steps to protect public health and the environment (refer to fact sheet).

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Studies have shown that pharmaceuticals and chemicals in our personal care products (shampoos, lotions, perfume, bug sprays) are present in our nation's waterbodies. Research suggests that certain chemicals in drugs and personal care products may cause ecological harm.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other organizations are committed to investigating this topic and developing strategies to help protect the health of both the environment and the public. To date, scientists have found no evidence of adverse human health effects from PPCPs in the environment. Learn more about: