Cleaning up the environment for extra credit

Richland hosts the fall semester lake clean-up on Saturday, Sept. 30. Students from high school and college can get credit for participating in the event.

“Richland College high school students participating in the Student Green Team projects and meetings accumulate extra credit for their Service Learning Credits,” said Sonia Ford, facilities sustainability project coordinator. “Also, our faculty offers extra credit to the college students who participate.”

Ford is in charge of Richland’s Green Team which handles conservation and environmental efforts on campus. Many members of the Green Team are students studying in the fields of geology, biology and environmental science, however nonscience majors are welcomed to join in the activities too. The lake cleanup take place twice a year.

“This summer, we had experienced an usual high volume of algae due to the heavy rains in July, however, Facilities Landscaping Service worked diligently in getting the algae under control moving forward,” said Ford.

 Lake cleanup is organized by the Student Green Team every semester. This fall, the event will be held on Saturday, Sept. 30.

Lake cleanup is organized by the Student Green Team every semester. This fall, the event will be held on Saturday, Sept. 30.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Urban Fishery Division will be coming to campus in October to survey thedifferent fish in the lake. This results will determine if additional bass are needed for the ecosystem. If so, the Green Team is planning to add additional bass into Thunderduck Lake.

“The Green Team will conduct its next cleanup during the spring semester of 2018,” said Ford. “The Student Green Team, faculty, staff and students look forward to this event every semester to make a major contribution in keeping our lake clean and healthy for our wildlife and beautiful for everyone to enjoy.”

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