SaMoHi Conducts Water Quality Tests at Santa Monica Pier by Jianjia Gettinger

A few weeks ago, I led eleven members of Santa Monica High School’s Heal the Bay club through a series of water quality tests at the Santa Monica Pier. As president of the club, I try hard to find new educational projects our members can partake in outside of the standard classroom we meet in every week. With the help of a few Heal the Bay staff members, I decided on an “ecosystems” project. Through presentations, vid-

eos, guest speakers, and weekend field trips, we learn about the diversity of various habitats as well as what we can do to counter the negative human impacts that are endangering the fragile ecosystems.

Our first ecosystem was our very own Santa Monica Bay. On a sunny Saturday morning, eleven club members met on the beach right next to the Santa Monica pier and ran three different water quality tests: zinc, copper, and hardness (mineral content). The copper and zinc tests were successful. They both showed normal levels of each metal, which was surprising considering the site was right next to a parking lot – the main source of the metals entering the natural environment. Additionally, it had rained two days prior to our tests, which would usually produce higher levels of runoff. The hardness was too difficult to survey given the greater abundance of minerals in ocean water as compared to freshwater, which the kit was designed for.

This experience was enlightening in that it taught students how to test for results, introduced them to the frustrating nature of science, and instilled a ne-

wfound curiosity that is hard to teach in a typical classroom setting. After we finished testing, members hypothesized reasons as to why the levels of copper and zinc in the water were much lower than we were expecting. One member argued that maybe the heavy rain diluted the toxic metals that were present while another member suggested that perhaps there weren’t many pollutants to begin with, because of restrictive legislation passed by concerned citizens and policymakers. The tests were fun and engaging, but for the next ecosystem, we are hoping to get different kinds of kits so that we can test a wider range of characteristics.

In our debrief the following week, various club members who went expressed their enthusiasm about the water quality testing. Some members were interested in the science and chemistry behind the tests. Others were more interested in the application of the tests and how the data could be useful in future toxicity reports. The club members who participated left with a new curiosity and perspective on the ocean that they visit so often.

Fundraising at Viewpoint School

Viewpoint Heal the Bay Club members in their club t-shirts at April Nothin’ But Sand Beach Cleanup

Fundraising at Viewpoint School
By: Ben Moody of Viewpoint Heal the Bay Club

Last month, as an initiative to raise funds for Heal the Bay, Viewpoint’s Heal the
Bay Club founder and co-president Ben Moody sold various clothing items to the
students that are members of the club.

The t-shirts and hoodies that were sold during the fundraiser.

He worked with his school’s administrative team and his club sponsor to approve the designs on the clothes, and he set up an online store with a local vendor for the students to purchase for themselves T-shirts, and or hoodies for them to wear at the cleanups throughout the year. Each clothing item had an additional two dollars built into the price above the actual cost to act as a fundraising effort for Heal the Bay once the sale was over.

The students were given 3 weeks in total to order shirts and hoodies from the online store, and once the orders were all completed and distributed the vendor sent a check to Heal the Bay for a grand total of $46.85.

The fundraiser helped spread the club throughout Viewpoint school, as well as
donate money to the amazing organization that is Heal the Bay.

Sea the Change Art Contest: Winners & Submissions

 

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Sea the Change Art Contest Winners & Submissions
By: Lorenzo Tuason- Heal the Bay Public Programs Intern

The long-awaited Sea the Change Art Showcase finally arrived! In honor of Earth month, youth summit participants reconvened at the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium on April 15th, 2017 for a chance to share their art with the public and to receive awards and prizes for their work.

Hollywood High Key Club receives the grand prize .

To recap, January’s youth summit provided students the opportunity to create their own projects that raise awareness about ocean pollution and solutions. The students were encouraged to submit original works of poetry, prose, art, or film, to the Sea the Change Contest  and Bow Seat’s Ocean Awareness Contest. Create once, submit twice, and increase your chance of winning!

Valley Academy Mermaid Squad receives first runner-up prize .

The Sea the Change Art Showcase was the culmination of the extreme efforts that students displayed throughout this contest. It was thrilling to see everyone appreciating each other’s masterpieces as each group exhibited very thoughtful considerations through their projects. We witnessed ideas conceived during the Youth Summit flourish into beautiful pieces of work that were seen today in this ocean awareness art showcase. Then, we shared a toast (with sparkling juice) to celebrate our efforts on making this planet better.

 

Fallon Rabin of Thousand Oaks High School receives second runner-up prize.

The Sea the Change Contest winners were announced during this showcase, however, everyone is truly a winner because all the participants did something greater than themselves and became advocates for ocean justice. BUT if you insist on seeing who really won, check below! All Sea the Change Contest submissions are listed and each is accompanied by a reflection explaining the concepts behind the work.

Colton High Eco-Friendly Friends receive an honorable mention prize.

 

 


Grand Prize $150Hollywood High Key Club

Hollywood High Key Club

Prose: My Story- Lisa Massari
By: Andrea Ignacio & Jamille Taccad
Read: My Story- Lisa Massari
Read: Reflection

 

 

First Runner-Up $75 – Mermaid Squad- Valley Academy of Arts & Sciences

Turtle Factory

Art: Turtle Factory
By: Megan Phung , Talar Asdourian, Lacey Lumaya, Tiara Supakit
View: Turtle Factory
Read: Reflection

 

Second Runner-Up $50Fallon Rabin- Thousand Oaks High School

To-Go

Poetry: Scientific Name- Aurelia Aurita
Art: To-Go
By: Fallon Rabin
Read: Scientific Name- Aurelia Aurita
View: To-Go
Read: Reflection


Honorable Mentions (listed alphabetically)

Animo Marine Biology Club- Animo Leadership Charter High School
Art: Today’s OceanArt Reflection
Poetry: The Dark Sea | Poetry Reflection

Eco-Friendly Friends- Colton High School
Prose: Sea the Change | Prose Reflection

Environment Conservation Club- Crean Lutheran High School
Art: Birds | Art Reflection

Hollywood High Key Club
Art: Lend a Hand | Trash Island | Art Reflection

Nature’s Own- Luskin Academy High School
Prose: Pollution in the Everyday | Prose Reflection
Film: Ocean Awareness | Film Reflection |

Congratulations to everyone and best of luck in the Bow Seat Contest!
#winning

 

Environmental Fair at the Arboretum

Nature’s Own at the Arboretum Environmental Fair

 Environmental Fair at the Arboretum
By Diana Juarez of Luskin Academy’s Nature’s Own Club

Last Saturday, March 25th 2017, our environmental club and volunteers from our school went to an environmental fair at the Los Angeles County Arboretum. The objective of the trip was to inform the audience about the daily environmental problems that we as students face in our community. Continue reading

Leuzinger’s March for Cleaner Beaches

Heal the Bay and Surfrider at the Hermosa Beach St. Patrick's Day Parade

Heal the Bay at the Hermosa Beach St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Leuzinger’s March for Cleaner Beaches
By Jasmin Gonzalez of Leuzinger High School’s Heal the Bay Club

This club knows how to celebrate St. Patty’s Day! By marching in a parade with a message of hope and empowerment, they inspired many ocean stewards, while having a ton of fun themselves.

Leuzinger's Heal the Bay Club marched in the Hermosa Beach St. Patrick's Day Parade

Leuzinger’s Heal the Bay Club

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, Leuzinger’s Heal the Bay Club set out to participate in the annual parade at Hermosa Beach.
Acting as Heal the Bay and Surfrider Ambassadors, we were glad to promote positive messages of volunteerism and helping the environment, all while marching through Hermosa. Continue reading

The Seawall Controversy: An International Expedition to Saemangeum, South Korea

PAVA World Invites Heal the Bay to visit South Korea

Pacific American Volunteer Association (PAVA) Invites Heal the Bay to Visit South Korea

The Seawall Controversy: An International Expedition to Saemangeum, South Korea
By: Jason Lee with contributions from Julian Kim, Victor Kim & Daniel Min

In the summer of 2016, the Pacific American Volunteer Association (PAVA) invited Heal the Bay’s Education & Outreach Manager, Nancy Shrodes, to join them in exploring tidal management overseas. Jason Lee reports on the student group’s trip to the Saemangeum (pronounced say-man-geum) Seawall and highlights the controversies surrounding its construction and function.  Continue reading

Relishing Reusable Bag Day

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Relishing Reusable Bag Day
By: Jenn Swart, Programs Associate  with Heal the Bay

Ban the Bag Youth Summit trained students as bag-tivists

The Ban the Bag Youth Summit trained students as bag-tivists.

In an election cycle where it might seem that only adults have the microphone, the youth of the greater LA area were able to voice their concerns by engaging the public in a real-life campaign action. By attending Heal the Bay’s Ban the Bag Youth Summit, 55 students and club members got trained as bag-tivists to host reusable bag giveaways in their communities in celebration of Reusable Bag Day on Oct 20th, 2016. Continue reading