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Earth Force’s Keep It Clean – Neighborhood Environmental Trios (KIC-NET)

KIC-NET (Keep It Clean – Neighborhood Environmental Trios) engages youth in improving urban waterways. Through partnerships with government agencies, businesses, schools, and local parks, students explore stormwater runoff in their neighborhoods and take action to improve stormwater management. Students participating in KIC-NET use science, technology, engineering, and math skills to solve real-world environmental challenges. Using monitoring tools and processes, students test local water quality to gather data. They are testing factors like dissolved oxygen, pH and phosphate levels, temperature, and turbidity. They then work with city engineers and STEM professionals to learn what their data indicates, how stormwater management works, and how human activity contributes to runoff. From this investigation, students assess the most pressing environmental issue affecting their community’s resiliency, research that issue, and engineer and execute a sustainable plan.

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Geographic Scope: Albuquerque MS4 watershed/Middle Rio Grande Urban Waters Federal Partnership designated area, New Mexico

Project Status: Active -not recruiting volunteers

Participation Tasks: Data analysis, Finding entities, Identification, Learning, Measurement, Observation, Problem solving, Sample analysis, Site selection and/or description, Specimen/sample collection,

Start Date: 2014-07-01

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Name of Nonfederal Sponsors: Albuquerque Public Schools (Coronado Elementary, Ernie Pyle Middle School, Emerson Elementary, Montessori of the Rio Grande Charter School, Truman Middle School, South Valley Academy, Mountain View Elementary, Cien Aguas International, Native American Community Academy, Mountain Mahogany Community School); Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge; City of Albuquerque (Department of Municipal Development); Friends of the Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge; Amigos Bravos; Ciudad Soil and Water Conservation District; Research Service Learning Program, University of New Mexico; New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science; Bosque Ecosystem Monitoring Program; Los Jardines Institute; EarthEcho International.

Fields of Science: Animals, Biology, Chemistry, Climate and weather, Computers and technology, Disaster response, Ecology and environment, Education, Geography, Geology and earth science, Nature and outdoors, Ocean/water and marine, Science policy,

Intended Outcomes: Civic and community, Individual learning, Conservation,