Wonders of Water Action Project

  • Location
    Turnersville, New Jersey
  • Status
  • Age Level
    8 to 10 Years

The Problem

Water pollution

Our Plan

As their Take Action Project for their Wonders of Water journey, my Girl Scouts have decided they would like to plant Cattails along local waterways because of their ability to remove toxins from the environment. A take action project is meant to be a long-term project with sustainable and ongoing influence that addresses a root cause of an issue, done for the community. We chose cattails because they consume pollutants from the water and purify it and also provide a favorable environment for a multitude of creatures: insects, birds, amphibians, reptiles and rodents can all be seen living among cattails. Many species of birds, especially waterfowl, like to nest among a clump of cattail stalks. Amphibians often use the plants for coverage and as a place to deposit their eggs. Songbirds will use the fluffy down from the flowers in building their nests. The underwater parts of the plant are eaten by some types of turtles and fish, and the roots are eaten by muskrats. This project will provide long-term benefits to the environment and community.

Themes Addressed

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    Clean Water
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    Water Pollution & Conservation
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The Benefit

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