Watchdog Diaries Takes on Illegal Brine Dumping in Goleta
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Great informative video, thanks, Channelkeeper. Copper and zinc are both very toxic in aquatic environments. Is this volunteer work? If it is, how much would it cost the city of Goleta to have this type of monitoring/analysis done? If Channelkeeper is paid for this, how much? Does the city of Goleta or the city of Santa Barbara or SB county have staff capable of doing this type of monitoring and analysis, including the analytic instruments needed? Can high school kids get involved in this type of monitoring, either to meet high school community service requirements, or as court-ordered community service if they've been arrested for minor crimes? I ask based on my personal experience- I graduated from UCSB in chemistry and biology, but I had no motivation in high school - it was boring, and it's a lot more boring for some kids these days, with budget cuts eliminating art and music classes, etc, and emphasis on test scores. I had lousy grades in high school and was admitted to UC based on my SAT scores, and that required a special meeting of the UC registrars. This was back in the day - the 70's, and kids have a much harder time now. I wonder if there are young people who aren't motivated to do much with their lives who could connect with the real world and with their own gifts by exposure to important work such as Channelkeeper's. Not appropriate for kids who are potentially great musicians or artists or athletes, maybe, but it seems to me it could be very stimulating to some kids and could wake up some geniuses. The amazing robotics builders at DP are an excellent example of potential ability that we can't allow to starve by failing to provide opportunities for our kids in our current economic meltdown.
14noscams (anonymous profile)July 1, 2012 at 12:49 a.m. (Suggest removal)
Fascinating! And I agree with 14noscams: it would be great if high school students could/would get involved in monitoring.
It would be more interesting a film had it been dated (apparently last winter or sometime when rain was expected) and what activity was causing the discharge and how it was stopped, what the company did to curtail the discharge.
at_large (anonymous profile)July 4, 2012 at 10:02 p.m. (Suggest removal)
That's great. I just wish that we didn't have to pay higher utility bills to pay Channelkeeper's overpriced lawyers.
Botany (anonymous profile)July 6, 2012 at 9:22 a.m. (Suggest removal)