East Rockford Middle School
East Rockford Middle School (ERMS) is committed to managing storm water runoff and related nonpoint source pollution in the Rogue River watershed. In the fall, 120 seventh graders worked with Trout Unlimited on an educational program called the Leaf Pack Network to assess water quality by collecting and analyzing stream data.
Sixth-graders implemented practices to prevent nonpoint source pollutants from entering the Rogue River in the City of Rockford, and to educate the community on the effects of stormwater runoff. In December, students presented their project proposal to the city at a council meeting. They proposed planting two rain gardens in downtown Rockford.
In April, sixth-graders hosted a community rain barrel making workshop and then in May taught all ERMS sixth graders about the use of rain barrels. Forty-two rain barrels were sold to community members and sales continue today. In May, students and community members planted 3,500 plants in a native revegetation garden in downtown Rockford to mitigate the runoff from three parking areas, and signage about the project was added in the summer.
Fostering Lifelong Stewardship:
Students are more connected to their community and to the local environment.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency through the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality