My Estuaries by Kunal

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Published on January 7, 2008

Author: Rosalie

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SAVE THE ESTUARIES….. YOU CAN HELP! :  SAVE THE ESTUARIES….. YOU CAN HELP! By KUNAL KAMATH (Esteem member of the team LEGOCY) ESTUARY FACTS:  ESTUARY FACTS #1: It’s a body of water – a mix of salt and fresh water #2: It’s a productive system that produces more food per acre than farmland #3: There are 102 estuaries in the U.S., 28 chosen to be of national importance #4: Loss of estuaries caused by occupation of coastal regions as it is home to 110 million people which is going to increase by 17 million in 2010 ESTUARY FACTS:  ESTUARY FACTS #5: Has different habitats (shellfish beds, beaches, rocky shores, sea grass meadows etc.) #6: Provides 75% of commercial fish catch #7: Habitat loss is approaching 80-95% #8: National Estuary Day is the last Saturday in September ESTUARIES REMINDS US OF….:  ESTUARIES REMINDS US OF…. A SPONGE: As it soaks up water ESTUARIES REMINDS US OF….:  ESTUARIES REMINDS US OF…. A restaurant: As birds migrate throughout North America, they stop at estuaries for food and rest ESTUARIES REMINDS US OF….:  ESTUARIES REMINDS US OF…. A BLENDER: As it mixes up the rich contents of fresh and salt water to make brackish ESTUARIES REMINDS US OF….:  ESTUARIES REMINDS US OF…. A SIEVE: As it strains all of the soil, branches, and even trash so clean water can flow into any nearby oceans or bays ESTUARIES REMINDS US OF….:  ESTUARIES REMINDS US OF…. A CLEANER: As it destroys, neutralizes, and decomposes, waste What can you do to protect estuaries?:  What can you do to protect estuaries? START AT HOME!: SAVE WATER Take quick showers Keep baths for special occasions Don’t leave water running while washing hands/brushing teeth, etc Load the dishwasher or fill the washer with dirty laundry completely before running it Water your lawn at night Also read the forecast before you plan to water the lawn (just in case it rains! ) Get a rain sensor for the sprinkler systems What can you do to protect estuaries?:  What can you do to protect estuaries? CHANGE THE WAY YOU GARDEN: Limit the use of fertilizers because these chemicals can be very harmful to the environment and estuaries Limit the use of pesticides because they can kill larvae of crabs and shrimp If you want to fertilizers, use natural ones What can you do to protect estuaries?:  IN YOUR GARDEN: PLANT NATIVE PLANTS In your yard, plant plants that are part of the natural habitat Native plants adapt to their environment quickly because they may be drought tolerant (require less watering) heat tolerant salt tolerant require less fertilizers Native plants are less likely to be threatening or likely to out-compete other plants. What can you do to protect estuaries? Slide12:  MAINTAIN YOUR SEPTIC SYSTEM: Check your septic tank on a regular basis. This will prevent excess nutrients and harmful bacteria from entering estuaries What can you do to protect estuaries? Slide13:  TAKING CARE OF PETS: Don’t release aquarium fish into the wild when the get too big for the tank that they are in Because these fish don’t have natural predators in our local ecosystems when they are released they can reproduce This reproduction can out-compete native species What can you do to protect estuaries? Slide14:  MAINTAIN YOUR SEPTIC SYSTEM: Snakes and turtles also get released and tend to do well in our subtropical environment. At best they may be a threat to biodiversity, but they can also represent a risk to our pets, kids, or even our own health and safety. Monitor lizards may be found in SW Fl. These are aggressive lizards that can grow in the 6 foot range. Boas and pythons have been spotted in the Reserve and Everglades National Park. Last year there was a documented fight between and alligator and a python in ENP. Please think about how large the animal/fish is going to get before you buy it. Will you be able to care for it when it is larger, if the answer is no, you shouldn’t buy it. Releasing exotic animals into the wild could present dangers to you or others and is illegal. Now that you have enough info why don’t you just start protecting estuaries right now!!! What can you do to protect estuaries? Slide15:  Not-so Ideal neighborhood: WHAT’S WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE? TOP 10 THINGS WE CAN DO:  TOP 10 THINGS WE CAN DO #10 : Use mulch in our garden #9 : Recycle clippings from the lawn as fertilizer #8 : Hang birdfeeders in the backyard to encourage the nesting of birds #7 : Plant low-water using plants TOP 10 THINGS WE CAN DO:  TOP 10 THINGS WE CAN DO #6: Wash our parent’s car on the lawn #5:Collect water in a container (to rinse the dishes with) when waiting for hot water #4: Talk about conserving water when we witness a waste of water (tell our younger siblings to stop wasting water) #3:Turn the faucet on LOW flow when brushing teeth or washing hands TOP 10 THINGS WE CAN DO:  TOP 10 THINGS WE CAN DO #2: Renew membership of a local environmental organization #1: Participate in local hazardous waste collection day by going to the neighbors and collecting wasteful material CURRENT PROGRAMS::  CURRENT PROGRAMS: Tampa BayWatch's Bay Grasses in Classes: Wetland Nursery Program: opportunity to plant, maintain, and harvest plants to be used in restoration projects Chesapeake Bay Foundation's Student BaySavers: For students in middle and high school to invove them in habitat restoration projects and field trips Save San Francisco Bay Association's Canoes in Sloughs: explore the estuary ecosystem up close in canoes North Carolina Coastal Federation's Student Shorekeeper's Program: help to improve water quality and habitat for wildlife People for Puget Sound's: Kids for Puget Sound Website: To become a Kid for Puget Sound and read Kids Sound. Save the Bay's Explore the Bay Website: BayCamp is a unique week-long day-camp to explore the fascinating world of marine science. OUR BIGGEST CONCERN: Lack of Understanding and Apathy:  OUR BIGGEST CONCERN: Lack of Understanding and Apathy Many people don't understand that there is a problem or that they can do something about it Our leaders have neglected their home estuary out of a lack of understanding of its importance to the local and regional economy and community traditions OUR BIGGEST CONCERN: Lack of Understanding and Apathy:  OUR BIGGEST CONCERN: Lack of Understanding and Apathy Protecting and nurturing the nation's estuaries can only be accomplished when individuals, neigh hoods and communities understand the importance of estuaries and many threats that put the survival of these estuaries at risk When this will happen, general indifference will give way to the political and personal accountability. Sources:  Sources http://www.epa.gov/owow/nps/kids/whatwrng.htm http://www.epa.gov/owow/estuaries/kids/ http://nerrs.noaa.gov/Education/pdf/PPTScript.pdf http://www.lawrencehallofscience.org/mare/kids/ http://www.lawrencehallofscience.org/mare/related/seastar.html http://www.estuaries.gov/ Tampa BayWatch's Bay Grasses in Classes: Wetland Nursery Program: This coastal wetland nursery program was initiated in 1994 and gives students the opportunity to plant, maintain, and harvest plants to be used in restoration projects. Chesapeake Bay Foundation's Student BaySavers: This program targets students in middle and high school around the Chesapeake Bay watershed, involving them in habitat restoration projects and field trips. Save San Francisco Bay Association's Canoes in Sloughs: Save the Bay's primary education program for young people Canoes in Sloughs. Through this innovative program, students from 6th through 12th grade have the opportunity to explore the estuary ecosystem up close in canoes. North Carolina Coastal Federation's Student Shorekeeper's Program: NCCF offers this program as a way for students to learn about North Carolina's coast and get involved in protecting the coast. Student Shorekeepers are involved in projects that help to improve water quality and habitat for wildlife. People for Puget Sound's Kids for Puget Sound Website: PPS offers young people the opportunity to be a Kid for Puget Sound and pledge their help to protecting and restoring the Sound. Kids can also learn about the latest news through their newsletter Kids Sound. Save the Bay's Explore the Bay Website: The website offers many opportunities for involvement including Field Programs, a Seagrasses in Classes program and BayCamp, to name a few. BayCamp is a unique week-long day-camp where boys and girls entering grades 4-9 can enjoy the beauty of the Bay in the summertime and explore the fascinating world of marine science.

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