The Green Team, a group of students employed by Groundwork Denver and Youth Development in cooperation with the Mayor's Youth Employment Program, acted as the City and County of Denver's water crusaders this summer. The Green Team was charged with a difficult task: 1) becoming experts on water quality and its link to storm water in their neighborhood, 2) and spreading what they learned throughout the community.
The Green Team worked with the City and County of Denver's Public Works Department and FrontRange Earth Force to explore the basics of water quality.
The students explored and mapped out the Cole/Clayton neighborhood and took an inventory of multiple storm drains in their community.The students witnessed first hand what pollutes stormwater.
The team collected information on:
- what it found in the storm drains
- where and how many stormdrains were located within walking distance of its meeting
Students tested water samples from:
- the South Platte River
- Cherry Creek
- Confluence Park
- and the tap at their meeting place.
Green Team students tackled reaching the community about water quality and storm drains by:
- Helping create a pledge for community members/Denver residents around water quality
- Attending a Confluence Concert in Confluence Park in July to talk to community members about how to keep their water clean
- Going door to door in the Cole/Clayton neighborhood spreading the word
- Giving a presentation to community members at the Cole Neighborhood Association meeting in July
- Helping the City and County of Denver mark more storm drains in the Clayton and Cole neighborhoods.
- Staffing a booth at the Peace in the Streets fair in Curtis Park on Saturday, Aug 11th.
The Green Team completed various other environmental and community projects throughout their summer of employment with Groundwork Denver and Youth Development. These included maintaining three community gardens, mulching trees in the neighborhood and City Park, educating the community about lead poisoning prevention, and eradicating non-native invasive plants in Rocky Mountain National Park.