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Questions?  contact Tanya Strickland at 803 441-4246

The North Augusta Stormwater Management Department conducts many activities throughout the year.  There are many opportunities for citizens to participate in those activities as volunteers.  If you are interested in learning about volunteering or participating in one of our programs, please contact us.  Please look over the "SW Volunteer Opportunities" spreadsheet if you need ideas or want to plan a long-term effort.  We have had many groups participate and can tailor a program for special projects for scouting, college credit or your club or organization.

Brick Pond Park Education Program biggroup030409

There are two components to the Brick Pond Park stormwater education program.  The school stormwater education program and the non-school related education programs.  Each year the city stormwater department works with the community to provide stormwater education through seminars, park tours, kids activities, adult excursions, and summer camp activities.   In addition we work throughout the year to educate citizens through our Earth Day, Household Hazardous Waste Collection, special watershed studies and other events.   Each one provides opportunities for participation by citizens or others that want to learn and provide outreach regarding the importance of our waters and what we each can do to protect them.  

School Stormwater Education Program    (Frogline News WEF Educational Video)

kids wetlandsEach school year the city stormwater program coordinates field day activities for local schools at Brick Pond Park.   Generally there are four dates throughout the school year that schools can choose from.  The field-day activities include two components after initial introduction to the program at the school with the Brick Pond Park Education field trip video.

1) Municipal Center Portion:  Students meet at the North Augusta Municipal Center with their teachers and chaperons.  There they will get an in depth presentation of Brick Pond Park's  Stormwater Treatment System.  Also, they will get a tour of the North Augusta Arts & Heritage Center to learn more about the history of the former industrial site that Brick Pond Park now is located at.  Students then eat lunch at the Palmetto Terrace at the top of the municipal center building that overlooks Brick Pond Park. 

2) At Brick Pond Park:  After lunch, the students break into twenty smaller groups to go to Brick Pond Park to conduct experiments through teacher developed lesson plans.  SW Educ, kids, wetlandsStudents can learn about micro-organisms that exist in the park and use microscopes to study them, they can study the macro-invertebrates at the park by collecting and examining them, there are bird finding expeditions, sediment & erosion control studies, reptile and amphibian studies, and other activities to choose from. 

3) Back in the classroom:  The students then return to the classroom to develop their own presentation (either MSPowerPoint® or poster) and present their findings to the entire class or school.  The program was developed through a dedicated team of teachers (active and retired), school board members, city employees, and local university professors.  Each field trip requires volunteers to help with the twenty groups during their activities. 

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During each event we need volunteers that can help mentor the smaller groups during their activity at the park.  We have had a wonderful group of volunteers including professors and students from the Aiken County School SW ProgramBoard, the University of South Carolina - Aiken and Georgia Regents University Augusta, local teachers, city employees and active community volunteers. 

We are always in need of volunteers for these events.  The dates are planned at the beginning of the school year so volunteers can plan far in advance if necessary.   Each participating school provides at SW Educ Prog water sampleleast twenty parent volunteers to assist the city during the program.  Volunteers for the Stormwater Department will lead each of the small groups through the steps of their project collecting data and teaching about the park.   If you are interested in becoming involved with the School Stormwater Education Program, please contact us

 

The city also has other education and participation projects throughout the year including:

Earth Day

Each year the Stormwater Department participates in the Family Earth Day event held at Brick Pond Park.  We distribute educational information to families that want to learn how they can help to protect our natural resources.  The 2015 Earth Day event will be held in April, the date will be posted soon.  We will see you there!

Summer Adventure Camp

adventure camp, brick pond park, bugs, summer campThe Parks and Recreation Department holds Adventure Camp every summer.  Each week the classes visit Brick Pond Park  to learn about the stormwater treatment system and how stormwater can pollute our streams and drinking water.  The students will tour the park and take part in activities including water quality testing, determining what the small creatures are that are required for a healthy ecosystem and other fun things.  Volunteers during each weeks session can help us keep the activities focused and fun.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event

Every year in May residents begin cleaning out their sheds, cupboards, closets and garages looking for items that can't be thrown into the normal garbage.  The Stormwater Department hosts the Household Hazardous Waste Collection event each May.  Residents can bring whatever they have by the bagful, trunk or truck load.  It is a drive through service.  

Local Colleges

Brick Pond Park offers college students an outdoor laboratory to learn in.  Many classes have visited the parkAiken Tech, adult education, water quality, brick pond park to learn about stormwater treatment systems in an urban environment and wetland restoration in action.  There are ongoing studies within the park where researchers from the University of South Carolina Aiken, Clemson University and Georgia Regents University and their students are determining how the recently restored ecosystem is responding to the changes.  Aiken Technical College also has used the park as an outdoor learning lab.  Each year students from their Environmental studies classes have come to the park to learn more about water quality samplings, stormwater treatment and wetland restoration.

Other Tours

if you have a group that is interested in learning more about stormwater management, treatment and the system at Brick Pond Park, staff are able to provide time for walk through tours of Brick Pond Park, activities at Brick Pond Park or they will come to your place to give a slide presentation to educate your members or guests about the city's stormwater activities.  Give us a call at the number below to set it up.

Special studies and cleanup efforts.

We also conduct special studies throughout the watershed to learn more about water quality, stream integrity, stormwater flow and sub-basin health (learn more about North Augusta sub-basins here).   We have had many stormwater interns over the years assist with these studies.  We are also open to students from local Universities participating in the activities. If you have a student that you feel would benefit from working with us on special studies, please contact us.  If you are a student that want's to pursue a career in biology, stormwater management, engineering or other fields, and would like to work with us, we can provide you with a project that you can use for individual educational benefit or to fulfill for class credit with your school.  Please contact us if you are interested.  We also look for opportunities to assist those interested in pursuing with projects they would like to conduct to earn scout merit initiatives.

If you have questions contact:

Tanya Strickland, Stormwater Manager, SWMD, phone 803 441-4246, Tanya is located on the 2nd Floor of the Municipal Center in the Engineering Department at 100 Georgia Avenue, North Augusta, SC  29861

 

 


 

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