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Thursday, May 22,2014 - Mason County Journal - Page A-3 Students work to rest()re mish esta0000ry By NATALIE JOHNSON natalie@masoncounty, corn Its yellow flowers brighten Mason County's highways each May but the effect of Scotch broom is anything but pretty. About 20 students in Laurie Byrd's eighth-grade science class took a field trip to the Skokomish River estuary on Hood Canal on Friday to pull as many of the invasive, non-native weeds as they could. "The more natural those habitats are, the better chance there is to filter pollutants out of the water," said Eric Strickler, program manager for Salish Sea Expeditions, based on Bainbridge Island. Byrd's class participated in the Sal- ish Sea Exploration's SOURCE pro- gram, which teaches students about watersheds. In the classroom portion of the pro- gram, students learned about water quality and what factors affect water- sheds and areas such as the Skokom- ish River estuary on Hood Canal. "If the kids are knowledgeable, then their parents are going to be knowl- edgeable, and their siblings are going to be knowledgeable," Byrd said. "It gives them appreciation and a general sense of ownership (of the environ- ment.)" The students completed 10 hours of classroom work in January for the project, in which they took water sam- ples from around Hood Canal School's campus and analyzed them for com- mon contaminants such as nitrates and phosphates, and learned to test the water's acidity. On Friday, students began putting those findings into action, Strickler said. Students worked from about 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. pulling Scotch broom from a path on the estuary. Strickler said classes he works with aren't often able to study watersheds as close to their school as the Skokom- ish Estuary is to Hood Canal School. "It's cool when it happens -- the ex- amples are that much more real," he said. "This is our effort to take class- room-based education to the field and do something fun and real that does some good for the watershed." *:  ' Journal photo by Natalie Johnson A lone tire sits upright in the 8kokomish River estuary on Hood Canal. Eighth-grade students from Hood Canal School took a field trip to the 'estuary Friday to pull invasive Scotch broom. Need aroof? I I I Choose your own I Y0urFull Semite Roofer Since t959 I special offer/ I -- Either -- I 48 Months with I ! Low Interest I I Financing O,A,C.* I I -or- I 10% Cash I I Back Bonus* I I * May not be combined with any other offers I or discounts. Ask your local representative for I details. Financing available on approval of CALL NOW for your FREE ESTUTB credit. Offers expire 5/31/2014. * L ..... .J (006o) 427-86 I! Year-Round ONE DAY Services in most cases 24 hour EMERGENCY services available COMPLETE roofing services for all your residential, commercial and industrial roofing needs Lifetime Product WARRANTIES available Composition, metal, shakes, tile, flat roofs, windows and decks- we do it all! Professional job site cleanup on all projects 1131W.KamilcheLane.Ju00dHighway 101 AlsoServing: 01yi o . L/, Tmwoler . b/no, Yelm. hcm .'M/no. Aberdeen. M#.m,o, Journal photo by Natalie Johnson Nathaniel Byrd, an eighth-grade student at Hood Canal School uses a weed wrench to pull Scotch broom on the Skokomish River estuary as part of a class project with Salish Sea Expeditions, based on Bainbridge Island.