"Water water every where/Nor any drop to drink." It's a great
line from The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, but not such a
great thing in the real world. Check out these project ideas for
some inspiration on how to help keep your local waterways clean and
If you’re a neat freak
- Survey your local beach and document the types of trash found
- Research the effects of common trash items on sea life and
- Create signs at beaches to warn patrons of the danger of their
- Paint trash receptacles with prominent symbols and place in
If you’re into hydration
- Research plants that can survive on little water or help to
retain water in the soil.
- Monitor and compare various plant and soil combinations.
- Create a rain garden – a garden that needs little watering and
holds water in the soil.
- Harvest rain water through barrel collection and use it for the
If you love the smell of salty air
- Monitor the biodiversity of plant and animal species in a local
- If possible, compare your findings to historical data.
- Contact regulatory agencies to determine a restoration or
native replanting strategy.
If you love stormy weather
- Research where storm water run-off goes and what impact it may
- Paint signs on all drains in your neighborhood telling people
where their trash is being washed.
If you love playing with test tubes
- Test various characteristics such as the pH, dissolved oxygen,
chloride, and temperature of a fresh or saltwater source, or rain
or ground water.
- Compare to similar samples that have been heated or have had
common pollutants added to them.
- Graph your results along with information about the needs of
fish and other sea life and report findings to appropriate local
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