Russian Riverkeeper has teamed with Mike Hauser Academy to convene students, businesses and teachers, to empower our future workforce to become leaders in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The goal of the program with Russian Riverkeeper is for students to draw conclusions between the importance of studying STEM (science, technology, engineering & math) and the possibility of future careers, such as river conservation biologists and advocates for clean water.
Russian Riverkeeper will provide two days of work-based learning that helps students grasp STEM concepts through practical applications. Students will join RRK staff on some scientific studies of Foss Creek, along our Wetzel Native Plant Garden in downtown Healdsburg. Our Advocacy Director, Bob Legge, will walk the students through conducting water testing to get familiar with data analysis and we will discuss the importance of using native plants in conjunction with stormwater capture to alleviate flood damage and maximize stormwater collection and absorption into the soil. Students will employ math skills as we complete an exercise to determine the size of a rain garden or bioswale that is needed for parking lot drainage during a big storm event and we will calculate the flow of Foss Creek in real time and discuss the seasonality of flooding and drought. Additionally, students will participate in a biological survey of the creek environment and discuss the food web, beginning with the smallest macroinvertebrates in the stream and their relation to steelhead population growth models. Of course, we pick up any trash that we see along the way to be good stewards of the creek!