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