Riverkeeper goes to science camp

Education, Environmental, Tar-Pamlico Watershed, Water Quality

Posted on June 27th, 2024

Pamlico-Tar Riverkeeper Katey Zimmerman talks to campers at the Water Resources Center's science camp.

Pamlico-Tar Riverkeeper Katey Zimmerman went to science camp last week — as an invited presenter to high school students enrolled in East Carolina University’s weeklong Community Science Camp.

Hosted by ECU’s Water Resources Center, Katey introduced students to the work of Sound Rivers and major pollution issues, as well as what Riverkeepers do to try to mitigate those impacts.

“This was a great group of students who asked very good questions afterwards,” Katey said. “It’s very exciting to know that younger students are engaged and interested in environmental science.”

Other aspects of Katey’s talk included how she conducts pollution investigations, Sound Rivers’ Litter-Free Rivers program and other clean-up activities.

“We also discussed how they can get involved in the work that we do, like Swim Guide sampling, volunteering for events and keeping an eye on the waterways around them,” she said.

In addition to having a lineup of speakers, science camp students were tasked with coming up with research questions to explore in their local environment and some on-campus field work.

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