Thursday, April 27, 2017

World Solutions

From WaterGroup2014
Everyone is probably aware of the problems with our ecosystem, such as one of the most terrible problems, pollution. Pollution is a worldwide problem that makes our rivers and oceans and even the creatures that live in the water die. Many places around the world deal with this problem every day as their trash fills the water. Pollution begins when people start throwing their unneeded items such as cans and plastic bottles into the nearest river or ocean. Eventually, the water gets so filled with junk that the water becomes toxic, but it's not just toxic for us it's toxic to everything that has contact with the water.

Here's a website to more water pollution if you want to make a stop to it...

But it's not just pollution you have to be afraid of...
Something known as global warming has also affected our planet highly.
Global warming is basically our planet's climate is getting hotter and hotter by the second which can in some cases affect creatures that live in colder climates. This states that this could lead to these animals to become extinct. Just imagine having to go to a museum to show your kid what a penguin was. But this problem also continues to harm our lakes and rivers as they get warmer, and the poor creatures that live below in the water have no way to stop it.

This here is a whole website dedicated to preventing this...

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Please, make an end to this, and make your story have a happy ending.

By Gabe

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Is This Our Ocean, or Pollution?

My faveorite beach lets go!.jpg by Tia

Microorganisms that live in water feed on biodegradable substances. When too much biodegradable material is added to water, the number of microorganisms increase and use up the available oxygen. This is called oxygen depletion.

When oxygen levels in the water are depleted, relatively harmless aerobic microorganisms die and anaerobic microorganisms begin to thrive. Some anaerobic microorganisms are harmful to people, animals and the environment, as they produce harmful toxins such as ammonia and sulfides. Text from:

The ocean can be polluted in these ways. Such as, suspended matter, which is when some pollutants do not dissolve and then get stuck and then animals lose their habitats and possible even kill animals.

The point source of pollution is, for ex: an oil spill. A point source has to be something you can point at and say “ that is the source of that pollution”.

A non-point source is when there is so many sources of pollution you don't know where the source is or there is too many places it is coming from.

Some consequences of ocean pollution are giant piles of floating garbage. Animals dying, animals losing their habitat and possibly even acid rain.

Do you think we should rethink this? I do, this is horrible we are polluting our ocean that is a privilege to have, if we take advantage of having it soon we won't and, it will be covered in garbage, covered in dead animals, it won't be as pretty and beautiful as it was. Just stop and think, what are we doing to this world? The earth is dying, slowly but our kids kids will not see the same thing we see if we keep acting like this! This is just plain up terrifying if you think about it.

Have you thought about it yet? What do you say? Do you! You want to change the world, then do something! Help the world to be a better place for us and you and your children's children and everyone. GPmap_2010_NOAAMDP.jpg

Friday, April 7, 2017

Would You Drink This?

Deadly drinking water!
By Tia

Causes of drinking water pollution are and could be underground storage leakages, for ex: if there was a leak in one of the pipes in a water company. Read more at And lastly, if you use a well then if your sewage pipes leak then your sewage water could leak and soak up into your water, and also if you you use fertilizer then the chemicals from the fertilizer could soak up and get into your well water read more at .

Drinking water can be polluted in these ways. Groundwater pollution caused by pesticide contamination from soil, ex: if you have a well the soil contamination could get in your water. Also if you live in somewhere where you don't have tap water then there could possibly be microorganisms in your water, also there could be Anaemia Arsenicosis Ascariasis, Botulism, Campylobacteriosis, Cholera, Cryptosporidiosis, etc. read more at…  

And lastly nutrients that help plants grow and that can possibly be in fertilizers can occur in your drinking water. And also the  eutrophication, excessive richness of nutrients in a lake or other body of water, frequently due to runoff from the land, which causes a dense growth of plant life and death of animal life from lack of oxygen.

The point source of pollution is, for ex: a leaking pipe. A point source has to be something you can point at and say “ that is the source of that pollution”.

A non-point source is when there is so many sources of pollution you don't know where the source is or there is too many places it is coming from.

We could stop this pollution by rethinking about the pipes we use. If there are leaks then lets buy new ones not just put some glue on it! Most people use plastic pipes and some use metal. We need more protective pipes, and cleaner pipes, what if we put filters in the pipes? And what if we used more metal pipes? This problem could potentially  kill a humongous amount of people if we don't fix it. Millions have already died in Africa of guinea worm because they don't have filters luckily the carter center has worked on it, and they have filters now.

So what do you say, do you want the change?

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Ocean Garbage

Tastiness1.jpg by Robyn

There are three garbage patches located in the water near California one near Kuroshio and the largest is near the north pacific. Animals eat the garbage because they think it is food and most end up dying. some animals get stuck in fishing nets, plastic soda rings etc.


Ways to help stop this is to buy the biodegradable fishing nets so if you lose it you don't contribute to the garbage patch and the animal killing. Did you know every year 28-billion pounds of plastic ends up in our ocean? Fish, seals, and dolphins every year dying to try to eat or get out of the plastic and fishing nets that have been dumped in the ocean every year 1 ton of plastic goes into the ocean and every year 3 tons of fish die.

Help stop this
Good news there are people working together to stop the garbage patch from growing any more than it already has. They are also trying to get the garbage patches smaller and they are saving lots of animals from dying in the oceans. But that's not all you can help too by cutting the plastic soda ring so they don’t get stuck around animals. That is only one way to help but there is more that you can do you can recycle your plastic bottles and you could start a compost pile. Here are some things that can be put in compost piles - banana and orange peels, egg shells.

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This is SO cute, right?  NOT!!!!!!!


"Newsletter - The Great Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch." Dive the World, 2016. Web. 29 Mar. 2017. <>.

"Great Pacific Garbage Patch." National Geographic Society. National Geographic Society, 09 Oct. 2012. Web. 29 Mar. 2017. <>.

1plasticmum. "The Great HK Garbage Patch." Journeytotheplasticocean, 06 Sept. 2012. Web. 29 Mar. 2017. <>.

Cleanup, The Ocean. "" The Ocean Cleanup, 2017. Web. 29 Mar. 2017. <>.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Look at All the Pretty Fishes

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 by Diana

There are actually multiple causes of water pollution, (yes there are more than one) that affect surface water, such as sewage and waste water, marine dumping, industrial waste, oil pollution, and global warming. I know that there is more than that but those are the five that I will mention in my PSA because I don't have enough patients to write about them all.

The type of water pollution that would affect the type of water I’m writing about would be surface pollution because I’m talking about river/creeks and oceans which are on the surface of the earth.

One point source of water pollution would have to be sewage plants (they treat raw sewage) when they spill. Like how not too terribly long ago a sewage plant accidentally overflowed polluting a TON of the peninsula and made it so people couldn’t swim or wade in beaches or else the could get sick or under extreme circumstances possibly die, I mean SERIOUSLY PEOPLE! I get it that we had a flood but when you're handling dangerous stuff like that you should be prepared for anything!

From what I have learned one non-point source of pollution would be rain runoff from homes and other places because of the oil from cars with leaks or from accidentally (or on purpose) spilling oil when refilling their oil gauge, which is then transported by the rain water to the ocean or river or anything really!

Our actions actually make a difference in case you didn't know. Like how us spilling oil into the ocean is polluting everything and killing all sorts of animals, sea life, and even coral reefs because the animals drink and even LIVE in the polluted water. The oil also degrades coral reefs, destroying animals homes and not letting them have hiding spots from predators that will then find, kill, and possibly make certain species go extinct causing EVEN MORE problems for us and the environment. To also add to the list of problems most industrial water filters use either oil or natural gas (natural gas is better but still not good) to power themselves warming up the planet essentially destroying the earth on spill at a time.

So, now you may be wondering, “Well what can I do? This is just way too much to handle!” Well it may be too much for one person to handle but just by doing a couple things you can help save the earth (and telling your friends is amazing.) So if you want to help the earth just do these simple things:
1)  don't use your car for every last thing. I mean, you have legs for a reason, ok? Because using your car releases co2 into the air and that's what's warming our planet.

2) recycle. If you don't have a recycling bin use an empty box, my mom and I do! Recycling will help reduce water pollution and not make the great Pacific garbage patch bigger.

3) don't use planes as much. If you can, use your car because planes release a TON of co2 which is way worse than using a car.

Also the reason why releasing co2 is bad is because our ocean is absorbing all the heat, causing ocean acidification causing algae blooms that release a harmful, sometimes fatal toxin, and creating dead zones in the ocean so fish can’t go there.

And those are really the big things that you can do to help our planet.

Links:(dun dun DUN)

Industrial water filters;
"Power Generation." Industrial Water Treatment Systems. Aimad Water Systems, n.d. Web. 29 Mar. 2017. <>.

Water pollution types;
"The Causes of Water Pollution « Water Pollution Guide." The Causes of Water Pollution « Water Pollution Guide. Water Pollution Guide, n.d. Web. 29 Mar. 2017. <>.

Water pollution causes;
"Types of Water Pollution « Water Pollution Guide." Types of Water Pollution « Water Pollution Guide. Water Pollution Guide, n.d. Web. 29 Mar. 2017. <>.

What is a point source;
"Indiana Department of Environmental Management." IDEM OWQ: What Is Point Source Pollution?, n.d. Web. 29 Mar. 2017. <>.

What is a non-point source;
"What Is Nonpoint Source?" EPA. Environmental Protection Agency, 28 Nov. 2016. Web. 29 Mar. 2017. <>.

Other stuff;
Chimacum Middle School, Sixth Grade Science Classroom, Room 410


Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Deadly Oceans

By: Maria, Connor, and Jozalyn

Most people don’t know how much pollution is in the ocean. Did you know that there are 315 billion pounds of plastic in the oceans?! I don’t know about you, but I think that that is A LOT of plastic!

How Pollution Happens

There are many different sources of ocean pollution, ranging from oil spills to rubber duck spills. There is a type of pollution called Ocean Acidification, where the carbon dioxide (CO2) in the air merges with the water to make the water more acidic. Eighty percent of ocean pollution comes from activities on land from nonpoint sources. There are a ton of small sources that count as nonpoint sources, such as boats, and cars. But also there are also big sources like farms and animal ranches. Millions of cars drop a tiny bit of oil each day on the roads, which eventually ends up in the sea. Dirt can also be a pollutant too, when topsoil runs off of construction sites is can end up in the water and hurt the wildlife and fisheries. There is a thing called Point Source pollution which is pollution that comes from one source. Oil and Chemical spills are some point source pollutions. Oil spills into the ocean are often accidents involving barges, tankers, refineries, and drilling rigs. There are other ways oils spill can happen that aren't accidents, like natural disasters such as hurricanes, and spills on purpose as acts of war. One silly yet depressing fact is that 28,800 rubber ducks were spilled into the seas while being transported overseas, and are now floating around in the ocean like it's a big bathtub. As you can see, there are many ways pollution can happen but all are all preventable.


If the amount of pollution in the oceans continues to grow, then all of the animals in the ocean could die! (Bum bum baaaaaaa) The plastic breaks down into tiny microscopic pieces that fish and other water creatures eat a ton of. Then, if we eat those water animals, and we will have plastic in us! We have talked about Acidification in “How It Happens”, but what does it do? The more Acidification there is in the ocean it is, the harder it is for shellfish, reefs, and fish to survive. The shellfish won't be able to form their shells because the shellfish are not able to get rid of the calcium ions. Acidification also affects fish because the water has a lower pH. This makes it so the fishes cells take in the carbonic acid to become in balance with the saltwater witch changes the pH of the fish's blood. This can cause comas, seizures, and even death. Oil spills are really bad for the ocean animals because it makes it so that the birds and the sea animals with fir will get hypothermia and most likely die. But what if your a fish? You don’t have fur that keeps you warm. What happens is that the little fish take the oil in and then the bigger fish eat the little  fish and so on till we eat those fish with the oil. If you consume oil you could lose sight, pain in your throat, nose, eyes, ears, lips and tongue and other things like that. There is approximately 706 million gallons of oil in the ocean. When, or if, the oil may reach the shore, it will interact with some of the sediments such as the beach sand and other objects like that. This will cause erosion.

How we Can Help

How can we help reduce water pollution? We can use reusable metal water bottles instead of using the disposable plastic bottles. We can compost your food waste. We can reduce the use of oil one way by driving electric cars more. We can also recycle cans and plastic containers and not put them in the trash. We can rethink our choices of buying food from foreign places or plastic bags because the plastic can get into the oceans and also it takes a lot of oil to get the foreign food here. We could plant trees on land so that the trees could take in some of the carbon dioxide and the ocean won't have as much CO2 that causes Acidification. Instead of using ziplock bags for lunches we can use glass tupperwares, and also so that if you are on the beach you won’t have to worry about the plastic bags flying into the ocean and strangling sea creatures. We can refuse boats that use oil.  Those consequences are true so that why we need to help! Some people think that global warming does not affect them, but they are wrong. Global warming affects everyone and just doing one little thing can make a big difference in our world.


Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Why We Started This Blog

This blog was started because Chimacum’s 6th-grade class are coming up with great ideas to solve some world problems. For example, one idea is to use static electricity  instead of coal to make electricity. (Look here and here.)

Kids are also using this blog to ask questions that the teacher doesn’t have answers to yet. We want to let you, our readers, know the questions so you can help solve them.
What happens to the Earth, the kids now will have to deal with it in the future. So if we don’t do anything to stop the pollution, wars, and poaching, we will have many more problems when we grow up. And we want you to know what we have to say. 

Leave comments on our ideas so we know people want to follow through. That is why this blog was started.
by Samantha and Zula