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2012 B-WET Projects

  1. The Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies’ Cape Cod Bay Watershed Experience is a three year small-grant project to introduce middle school students in grades 5th and 6th on Cape Cod to the richness and significance of the Cape Cod Bay ecosystem.  Up to 430 students, and twelve area school teachers, will be reached each year.  Through investigative methods, and hands-on activities, including mapping, water quality testing, and designing and building plankton nets, students will learn about relationships between organisms in the Bay and water quality, the impacts of increasing development on water quality, the possible effects of water quality on organisms living in the Bay, other threats to the Bay’s health, and how threats could be mitigated.  Students may view from shore one of the most endangered marine mammal species in the world, the North Atlantic right whale.  They will study impacts to the survival of this species through an ecosystem approach, and will learn how human activities on land affect this endangered species within this shared important watershed. 
  2. The Westport River Watershed Alliance (WRWA) Dune Restoration Project is a one year small grant to expand a Dune Restoration Field Study to more communities, including urban Fall River schools, within the Westport River watershed.  Teacher guides were be updated to include lessons on the importance of barrier beaches to local ecosystems.  The Barrier Beach System curriculum guide will include lessons on: barrier beaches, hurricanes, oil spills, microclimates, tidal flushing of nutrients, horseshoe crabs habitat and life cycle and the adaptations of plants to the dunes microclimate. Professional Development training will be conducted by Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, our NOAA partner.