Koshland museum: Beaches, blue crabs, bacteria

Date: Saturday, June 12, 2010
Location: Koshland Science Museum
Time: 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Cost: Free

The water at your favorite beach may look clean, but hundreds of beaches are closed each summer due to disease-causing bacteria, viruses, and parasites invisible to the naked eye.  Before you make your summer vacation plans, spend a day at the Koshland Science Museum exploring why clean beaches are important for human health and the environment.  Beth LeaMond from the Environmental Protection Agency’s BEACH Program will discuss factors that threaten beach water quality and how you can avoid pollution and disease by locating clean beaches.  Visitors will have the opportunity to learn how water quality tests work, get a close-up view of animals that are part of beach ecosystems, and participate in a hands-on activity to explore inland effects on beach pollution.  This event is free.


All Day:

  • View and touch live aquatic animals and sea life artifacts provided by Under the Sea educational programs.
  • Meet the NOAA National Marine Sanctuaries mascot, Sanctuary Sam the California Sea Lion, and learn about the National Marine Sanctuary System.
  • Learn how color-coded water tests can detect pollutants in water.

1:00 PM:

  • Speaker Beth LeaMond, Environmental Scientist for the EPA’s BEACH Program will describe how beaches become contaminated, and how you can avoid getting sick by identifying beaches that are safe.

12:00PM, 1:30PM, 2:30PM, 3:30 PM:

  • DC Surfrider will present their “Respect the Beach” hands-on activity that uses a watershed model to demonstrate how human activity upstream affects beaches.

Speaker Bio:
Beth LeaMond has worked 7 years as an Environmental Scientist with the Environmental Protection Agency’s BEACH Program, which aims to protect the health of beach goers.  She received a bachelor’s degree in Geology from the University of Cincinnati and a master’s degree in Environmental Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.  Before working with the EPA, she spent 12 years as a Hydrologist for the U.S. Geological Survey.  Beth enjoys learning about nature and the environment, and she is passionate about working in the environmental field.

For further information, please contact ksm@nas.edu or call 202-334-1201.


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