Meet Ipswich High School NGSS Officers 2015-2016
Co-Presidents: Jill Wall & Raina Baier
Co-Vice Presidents: Charlotte Howe & Reed Dolan
Treasurer: Carly Restuccia
Secretary: Chloe Lindahl
Social Media Coordinator: Grace Evans
Event Coordinator: Bill Koshivas
Group and Individual Projects:
Banning Single Use Plastic Bags – Claire Werner, Claire McElwain, Jillian Wall
Summary: Claire, Claire, and Jill have surveyed businesses, garnered the support of town boards and committees, written a bylaw and are ready to bring the issue of banning thin film plastic bags to voters at the spring Town Meeting.
Banning Styrofoam – Charlotte Howe and Carly Restuccia
Summary: Charlotte and Carly have worked with businesses and the town’s Board of Health to rid their community of dangerous chemicals that leach from Styrofoam into foods. They will also be bringing this issue to voters at Town Meeting.
Invasive Green Crabs – Bill Koshivas
Summary: Bill has been working with his town’s Shellfish Constable to try to reduce the amount of invasive green crabs on the North Shore of Massachusetts. These predators feed on clams on which his town relies for its seafood industry.
Community Education on Hazards of Dog Waste – Chloe Lindahl
Summary: Chloe has been working with the Open Space Committee of Ipswich to educate citizens about the hazards of dog waste to drinking water and to the Ipswich clam flats. She is currently producing a video which will be shown on a local television station.
Monitoring the Health of the Ipswich River – Reed Dolan and Grace Evans
Summary: Grace and Reed have tracking down sources of pollution to the Ipswich River as well as doing waterfowl surveys to help the Ipswich River Watershed Association update its action plan. They have also presented the dangers of feeding waterfowl to 80 third graders.
Monitoring Phosphate Discharge – Raina Baier
Summary: Raina has been testing the outflow pipe at the Ipswich Wastewater Treatment Plant for phosphates which cause algal blooms. These blooms foster epizootic shell disease which renders the lobsters unmarketable.