Washington-Lee High School Geographic Information System students earned the National Grand Prize in the Visualize Your Water High School Citizen Science Challenge sponsored by the U.S. Geological Survey and the Environmental Protection Agency.
In January 2016, U.S. Geological Survey and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency challenged high school students in 13 states to create compelling and innovative visualizations of nutrient data from open government data sources.
Students participating in the challenge, demonstrated their creativity and commitment to environmental stewardship. For the winning visualizations, students effectively used geographic information systems software (GIS) and water quality datasets to describe nutrient pollution in their local watersheds in innovative ways.
Plant nutrients can be valuable in agricultural and urban settings, but too much at the wrong place or time will produce algal blooms, hypoxia, and other nutrient-related water quality issues that are particularly acute in the Great Lakes Basin and Chesapeake Bay Watershed.
To see the Washington-Lee winning entry, entitled "Understanding Eutrophication in the Chesapeake Bay," click here