Inner City Outings recently received a
generous grant from the Safe & Healthy Communities initiative
committee to test water quality in the South Platte basin.
Moneys from this grant will enable us to test water quality in
the basin, while taking Inner City youth out to learn about the
Because many ICO leaders did not have the
appropriate training to take Quality Assured water quality
samples, the national Water Sentinels program director, Scott
Dye, came to Denver to train RMC-ICO leaders. Our modest Water
Quality Chair, Kirk Cunningham assisted Scott in this training.
In May 2007, 10 ICO leaders and 2 teens learned the essentials
of water quality in the South Platte basin.
“We looked at lots of bug larvae, aquatic
worms and other wildlife in Cherry Creek. And we tested the
water for dissolved oxygen and phosphorus. I had no idea what
was even in the water before this training,” said Musa Zareie,
an ICO participant.
Over the course of rest of the year, ICO
trained leaders will be taking ICO kids (and interested adults
also!) to the South Platte River watershed to examine bugs, bats
and other wildlife while testing its water quality.
“While the kids will be searching for
“poop,” this is one thing that we hope isn’t found in our river,
said Becky Timmerman, the new volunteer program coordinator for
the ICO Water Sentinels program. “What we want is to safely
take as many kids as possible to the river, so that they can
learn about the river, its wildlife, and pollution problems.
Going outdoors usually makes kids perform better in math and
science,” she added.
For more information about this program, or
to become involved with Inner City Outings contact: Becky
Timmerman, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Bill Myers, Chair, ICO,
email@example.com or Volunteer Coordinator, Lisa
Dawson, firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit ICO’s website:
www.rmc.sierraclub.org/outings/ico for additional information.