Town of Jay Pollution Excursions|
Working with the Town of Jay's Environmental Code Officer, sixteen Jay High School students analyzed over 1,200 data base entries of reported pollution "excursions" into the local environment during the past 7 years. The majority of the "excursions" were from two local paper mills. They separated the data into 36 different chemicals (chlorine dioxide, sulfer, etc.). The students then used the school's computers to plot graphs of the results in order to show any long term trends.
The data and graphs (on "Excel" spread sheet) were then given to the Town of Jay's Environmental Code Officer for inclusion in his 10 year report to theTown.. The students also included suggestions regarding possible improvements in the data gathering process, and commented on their impressions of the long term trends (mostly downward).
There has been some controversy lately in Jay regarding the value of the local Environmental Code program (total cost over $300,000) vs. other priorities in the town's budget. The students hope that their work will help to insure continuation of the local environmental program. The students are conviced the program helped contribute to the reduction of pollutants during the last 7 years, and they want to live in as clean an environment as possible.
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Jay High School - Gifted / Talented Program, 9-12
Jay, ME, US
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