Join us at tonight’s (May 10) public Seattle Parks Department meeting where Explorer West students will present their ideas on water conservation and reclamation to the Parks Board Of Commissioners. The Seattle Parks and Recreation Department is making an effort to examine park water usage and implement ways to conserve and reclaim water.

Seattle has the highest water and sewer rates in the country.

Tonight’s public meeting will take place at 6:30pm at the Seattle Parks and Recreation Administration Building, 100 Dexter Ave.. Seattle, WA 98019. All are welcome and we encourage you to come support our students.

Explorer West eighth grade student teams with Karen Galt, Seattle Parks Water Management Coordinator (far left) and Joelle Hammerstad, Seattle Parks Sustainable Operations Manager (far right).

Explorer West eighth grade student teams with Karen Galt, Seattle Parks Water Management Coordinator (far left) and Joelle Hammerstad, Seattle Parks Sustainable Operations Manager (far right).

Students at Seattle’s Explorer West Middle School were initially invited to share their ideas and four teams of eighth graders brainstormed ways to be more conscious with Seattle park water usage. 

Three executive staff members of Seattle Parks attended the presentations at the school. As a result of that meeting, the teams were invited to present their findings and ideas to the Seattle Parks Department Board of Commissioners TONIGHT at 6:30pm.

One student noted, “The average Seattle citizen uses fifty gallons of water daily. Water is a limited resource that we need to preserve. There are simple ways to preserve water, but these plans need to start somewhere.”

“Students volunteered for the opportunity to pass along inventive approaches to water consumption and conservation,” said Explorer West Social Studies Teacher Tim Owens. “It was a stimulating conversation.”

The students wrote comprehensive research essays (see Explorer West Water Parks Essay) and collaborated on their live presentations. Their innovative ideas ranged from water irrigation management; low flush and composting toilets; rainwater cisterns; sustainable wading ponds and spray parks instead of pools; and creative ways to reinvent golf course water usage.

“I was impressed by how passionate the students were about the subject matter,” said Seattle Parks Sustainable Operations Manager Joelle Hammerstad. “The presentations were well-researched and engaging. They even introduced us to new products that we didn’t know about, which inspired us to do some of our own follow-up research.”