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NWP Global Registry of Apprentice Ecologists - Paintbrush Park, Castle Rock, Colorado, USA

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Paintbrush Park, Castle Rock, Colorado, USA
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Registered: July 2012
City/Town/Province: Castle Rock
Posts: 1
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Has the non-stop construction and increasing population in Castle Rock led to man made materials and chemicals contaminating natural bodies of water? If there is trash, construction, or household chemicals (such as fertilizer, detergent, or exhaust) then they will affect natural bodies of water in the environment negatively because when industrialized waste is suddenly introduced into ecosystems the organisms in it die or get sick while attempting to adapt.
I took samples from the pond and carried out chemical experiments, by using a sample of the water and a reactant I learned that the pond possessed high levels of flouride, sulfate, nitrate, and chlorine, all of which were so high that is posed a threat to the organisms that lived in the pond.
This phenomenon happening in my own backyard is only a small representation of a bigger biological problem, that of pollution and its effect on the earth’s ecosystem. I used this idea to raise awareness in the community by writing to town officials and gathering my friends to help clean the trash around the pond.
This experiment is not only significant in the way that it helps the creatures who inhabit Paintbrush Park Pond, and potentially saves essential organisms, but also that it is a small scale representation of our effect as a growing human population on the world we live in.
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Hours Volunteered: 60
Volunteers: 10
Authors Age & Age Range of Volunteers: 15 to 18
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