Two Greenwood kids, Cole Palmer, 12, and Samantha Palmer, 10, were recently recognized at the Delaware State Fair for their efforts in cleaning and monitoring the Tantrough Branch portion of the Mispillion Watershed.
Two Greenwood kids were recently recognized at the Delaware State Fair for their efforts in cleaning and monitoring the Tantrough Branch portion of the Mispillion Watershed.
Cole Palmer, 12, and Samantha Palmer, 10, earned special recognition as Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) 2014 Young Environmentalists of the Year.
The Palmer siblings conduct monthly tests of the Tantrough Branch for dissolved oxygen, pH, nitrates, phosphates, alkalinity and conductivity.
“In Delaware, too much of our water is polluted and not fit to drink. Figuring our body is 75 percent water, if our water gets polluted, then we get polluted and we will all get very sick and unhappy,” Samantha said in the DNREC press release.
“The most important part is that if the streams get healthier, we will get better and everyone’s happier, plus we’ll be able to eat fish and go swimming,” Cole said in the release.
Their data is used to characterize conditions and trends, detect possibly quality issues and asses program goals. The two pre-teens pass their information through DNS to DNREC, ultimately to the EPA, to post in the National Watershed Assessment database.
Since the Palmer’s training with the Delaware Nature Society’s Technical Stream Monitoring program in August 2013, Cole and Samantha have enlisted friends to contribute more than 190 hours of volunteer service to clean the stream and its banks, and perform water quality testing.