Seahurst Shoreline Restoration Monitoring Project

November 6 2014

Expedition Video

The Environmental Science Center in collaboration with Diverlaura hopes to build and utilize OpenROV to monitor the amazing changes that occur to the nearshore environment when shoreline is restored. Formerly it would take scuba divers to document the area beyond the intertidal zone, but with the OpenROV the students and staff at the ESC will now be free to document these changes from the shore, and hopefully even livestream them to reach an even wider audience watching from the Center's facility and potentially classrooms in nearby schools. Additionally the hope is to build the ROV as an after school project with local students as a part of the ESC's outreach mission. Read background

November 6 2014

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Preparation Stage

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."

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Skills Development Session II - Acrylics, Potting, and Soldering
Date: Friday, May 1st 2015

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Sunny windows, sunny smiles! Love following along!

Dr. Tom Mickel showing proper safety procedures

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Mastering acrylic gluing to ensure a nice uniform seal around the edges

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Potting with epoxy

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Soldering wire to a circuit board

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Words of inspiration for the day

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Video from our first two sessions to get you all excited for #3 this Friday!!!

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.

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It was great listening to these students talking and sharing their ideas with each other.

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Learning how to strip wire.

"Wire is brittle; I never realized how delicate wire is." -Miriam Montano

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Laura was fantastic in reminding our students why we're learning these skills, and showing with her 2.6v where each skill would apply.

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It was amazing to stand back and watch these students go to work. Everyone was engaged and enthralled with the tools that we provided, and learning how to work them.

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The wonders of heat shrink tubing.

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Learning about safe soldering techniques.

"I have never soldered before until now." -Jose Mendoza

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Emphasizing attention to detail throughout this project.

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Laura showing the group proper acrylic gluing techniques.

"I learned that the gluing of acrylic is like welding that involves a chemical reaction."
-Nastalja Kinney

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These two young ladies made gluing acrylic look easy!

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We are getting super close to starting our build! We've had our first planning meeting and Day 1 of foundational skills is coming up fast! Join in on the fun by following @diverlaura on Periscope. Get the Periscope App for your iphone/pad now :)

OpenROV Expeditions with ESC - orientation and program planning.

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This is the group to connect with @cgoodson Summertime shoreline restoration!

Erika, would it be possible to purchase t-shirts and beanies at a reduced group rate? I'd like to get uniforms for the volunteers.

AVID students getting their first formal introduction to OpenROV - they were VERY enthusiastic!

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Maiden voyage of OpenROV 2.7

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Everyone eagerly watching with fingers crossed!

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Did you have any trouble launching through surf?

Not at all - the surf is very minimal actually. If anything all we need to watch out for are wakes created by large vessels passing by.

A successful sea trial!

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Exciting news! The documentary "Local Treasure" that highlights the story of Seahurst's restoration project will be premiering this June. Enjoy the trailer for this special feature produced by ChristyX and William Pierce.

Great video!

Such a good story! There's new space at the top of the page where you can add a featured video, I bet this would look lovely at the top! Let me know if you need help !

Thank you for the wonderful support! We truly appreciate it :) And thanks for the note on the video section, Erika. I didn't even notice that until now.

Anytime, let me know if there's anything we can do to support this!

Our OpenROV student orientation is tomorrow afternoon, so all the positive vibes you can muster would be great! :D We expect to begin the build next month after Spring Break.

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.

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Left to right: Andy Gregory (Puget Soundkeeper), Lisa Aumann (City of Burien), Brenda Sullivan & Jean Spohn (ESC), and Teia Jensen (AVID student of Highline HS).

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What a great feeling to see all of those bright yellow trash bags.

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Inspiring youth at the Seattle Aquarium's Ocean Career Day event! Many thanks to Laura James and OpenROV for their partnership with ESC.

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OpenROV in the spotlight at the Seattle Aquarium!

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So excited to hear about this workshop and micro-expedition! When is it planned to take place?

Hi Erika! Laura and I are planning to get the workshop underway in the next month or two. I have quite a few high school students interested in participating with the build. Until our kit arrives we'll be providing an orientation so that everyone can get to know each other, and learn what's to be expected from this project. Following that will be a series of electrical workshops where the students will learn the basics of circuitry, motors, soldering, etc. That will provide the students with the skill sets necessary for building the ROV, and understanding fully how the robot works. That's what we're striving for, and we're all pretty excited! Since you yourself have already facilitated with a build, any thoughts on your end?

Laura James with Christine Froschl of the Environmental Science Center. Girl power all the way!

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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.

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Cool! Can you post a link to the details?

Seahurst then...

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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.

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This is such a wonderful message to send to our young Pacific North Westerners. They are capable caretakers of our environment! Looking forward to following along! By the way, I see some shoreline trees ready to plant in the photo, what species are going in?

Hello Erika! Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts. My sincerest apologies for taking this long to get back to you. The ESC hosted an evening beach walk at Seahurst last week for the public. There was a LOT of planning involved, but it went swimmingly.

To answer your question, there are a variety of riparian shrubs and ground cover that have been planted by the wetland. Here is the list: Salmonberry, Nootka rose, Oceanspray, Red elderberry, Snowberry, Indian plum, Thimbleberry, Evergreen huckleberry, Salal, low Oregon grape, Swordfern, and Coastal strawberry.

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.

Expedition Background

Seahurst Park Shoreline Restoration

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.