Eutrophication has been identified as one of the most serious threats to coastal environments worldwide. Learn how this process impacts Budd Inlet and what steps you can take to reduce nutrient inputs into lakes and Puget Sound. Activities include viewing live plankton under a microscope, performing a mussel filtration demonstration, collecting mussel growth measurements, handling water quality monitoring equipment, and learning about local efforts to address this issue. Classes may arrange to visit one of Pacific Shellfish Institute’s nutrient bioextraction sites along the Olympia waterfront during spring of 2016.
Program can be adapted for grades 4-12 and is 50-60 minutes in length.