FL clean waterMarch 21 2017
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The girls leading FL Clean Water were the stellar participants of our Girls Underwater Robot Camp in Pinellas County. Check them out!
Who are we? We are a group of inspired individuals interested in STEM subjects hoping to make the waters of Florida cleaner. We all attended Girl's Underwater Robot camp sponsored by National Geographic, CTAE, Pinellas County School's STEM academies, and Clearwater Marine Aquarium. At this camp we constructed three ROVs that we will be using for expeditions.
Typically in March, temperatures are around 76 degrees fahrenheit.
Dress in layers. You may get wet, so be prepared for that. Bring shoes you can walk in comfortably and would be okay with getting wet. Wear and bring sunscreen, as well as a hat and sunglasses.
It may rain so bring a jacket and/or umbrella. Bring lots of water! Bring snacks, lunch will be provided.
During the expedition we will be launching an ROV off of a pontoon boat. We are hoping other explorers will help us find and install a water testing device to test the pH of the water every 3 miles for 9 miles. We will also be using a trash collector device to collect trash at the same intervals. At each interval, we will be spot checking for trash in an area within our tether range, a 100 meter radius. We will then compare the amounts of physical trash to the level of water pollution and see if a relationship exists. We will also continue doing similar expeditions in the same area so we can continue to compare the data over time.
On Crystal River, we will be renting a pontoon boat. It will cost between $150 and $200 to rent a 12 person pontoon boat for the day. Catering for the event will cost around $100.
Crystal River contains many springs of varying depths, the deepest being around 15 meters. It contains a variety of wildlife including manatees, which are endangered.