Seahurst Shoreline Restoration Monitoring ProjectNovember 6 2014
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Name: Laura Hanson
Account ID: 984773616
Friday, June 10th
ESC OpenROV Intern: Kim Ha
"Today was the first time ESC's OpenROV was placed in the ocean and things went fairly well for a first trial. The water was a little rough today so Nessie had a little bit of a struggle getting far in the ocean. However, she still got a good distance away from the shore and into the water. It's a little difficult to see what's in the water even with Nessie's lights on full brightness due to murkiness of the water. An issue that we kept running into was seaweed collecting on Nessie which created drag and jammed her propellers. However, she stayed connected and working the whole time making this trial successful."
Skills Development Session I - Electrical Basics!
Date: Friday, April 17th 2015
Team Leader, Tom Mickel, showed our students how to measure battery voltages, determine differences in wire resistance and the current carrying capacity of wire, how to strip wire, and proper soldering techniques for both wires and components. The session ended with practice gluing acrylic pieces together. The learning of each skill set included definitions, a short history, its importance, and the practical applications for our OpenROV build.
ESC hosted its very first beach cleanup at Seahurst in February! Our naturalists were joined by Puget Soundkeeper Alliance, the City of Burien, members of the WA Conservation Corps, 17 AVID students from Highline High School, and together we collected 202 lbs. of debris! Talk about an amazing team effort to protect this restored shoreline.
This time of year ESC hosts the very popular "After-Hours Beach Walk" series for the Burien community. People of all ages join our naturalists at night during a low winter tide, and meet their aquatic neighbors! With the participation of our visitors we are learning more and more about which marine critters are returning and recolonizing Seahurst Beach.
Seahurst Park is home to the largest beach restoration project in Puget Sound, and it is ESC's dream to see this significant achievement serve as a catalyst for future shoreline restoration projects. Seahurst Beach is an amazing biological community of "super habitats" where a sandy beach, wetlands, a creek delta, rocky tide pools, and eelgrass beds come together to support a rich variety of fish and wildlife. By reconnecting and strengthening these diverse communities we ensure a positive future for them and ourselves.
By embracing this message that diversity makes us stronger, our next steps are to engage and empower our young leaders in the Burien community. No matter where they come from or where their interests lie (biology, engineering, math, or the arts) these young minds will have the opportunity to take an active role in the stewardship of Seahurst. Let's welcome with open arms the fun and wonder of self exploration, and work together to protect this beautiful place so many call home.
Education in an environmental setting encourages students to think critically and creatively and effectively guides them in learning about the relationship between human actions and their impact on the natural world. Our school programs are based on curricula aligned with Washington State Essential Academic Learning Requirements (EALRs) and Environmental and Sustainability Education Standards.
ESC strives for a ratio of one instructor for every 13 students in the field in order to provide high quality instruction and personal attention for every student as well as to meet teachers’ requests for specific curriculum emphasis. Typically, a one hour classroom session is followed by a 1.5- or 3-hour inquiry-based field program at a location such as Seahurst Park or the Normandy Park Cove.
Seahurst Park Shoreline Restoration
The Puget Sound shoreline is vital to life for many plants and creatures. Salmon and other species depend on marine nearshore habitat for food and shelter. The success of salmon is a good indication of our ecosystem’s health, which effects everyone in our community and generations to come.
Seahurst Park on Puget Sound in Burien has had a seawall since the 1970s. Beach elevations have dropped three to four feet due to wave action and a disconnect between the beach and sediment sources. These changes have been detrimental to habitat quality for salmon and the organisms they depend on the marine nearshore habitat. In addition, the stone bulkhead was failing, spilling stones onto the beach.
The SRFB grant funded a feasibility study of bulkhead removal and bulkhead alternatives the early 2000s. The feasibility study confirmed the value of bulkhead removal and beach restoration.