BGHS Wilderness Adventure Club, (WAC) saw hard work come to fruition when the grant from was used to transform the grounds of Bolsa Grande into an ecologically beautiful and effectively drought-tolerant landscape of native plants and catch basins which will help protect the earth for generations to come. In support of the DROPS program, the students and Bolsa Grande's Wilderness Adventure Club members have hosted an assembly in which all students at the school attended to learn more about environmental protection. In that assembly, we demonstrated the importance of keeping the environment free of trash while promoting more recycling-related activities through student-made videos and games for the audience to play.
Prior to and after the assembly, the club has done various water quality testing, taking in samples of water and analyzing its features such as appearance, odor, other materials caught in the sample, temperature, dissolved oxygen, conductivity, pH, and phosphate, nitrate, and ammonia count. With all of this information, we can determine the amount of pollutant runoff that is coming off of our campus. If any of the data points go over the acceptable range of the test, then the environment is in danger, potentially harming the lifeforms in the area. These tests occur within twenty-four hours after rainfall in order to be sure that the data is as accurate as possible. Once the tests are completed, we share our results with the DROPS program so they are aware of the school’s current environmental status.
In response to our data collected, throughout the summer break, construction has been happening on campus, the installation of multiple landscaping areas to our school. Its purpose was to planting native plants and creating catch basins in order to collect and preserve the water due to California’s drought problem. The plants in the basins are drought tolerant, needing a rather small amount of water to stay alive. When water does come, however, they are very efficient at filtering any runoff water that flows down and into the basin. Not only do they support in water filtration, but it also encourages pollinators to come into the school, spreading pollen and helping with reproduction for other plants.