With two Chesapeake Bay Trust grants already under their belts, South Carroll High School students plan to apply for more money for school and county environmental projects.
The high school's Science andEnvironmental clubs received about $600 in grants from the Chesapeake Bay Trust earlier this year.
The clubs were among 72 recipients of $252,827 in Chesapeake Bay restoration grants given to a diverse group of non-profit organizations, community associations, schools and public agencies representing 17 Maryland counties.
The clubs received a $285 grant for equipment to support tree planting and stream monitoring projects at Pine Valley Park in Manchester and a $230 grant for equipment for a tree planting and habitat improvement project on the school grounds and at Camp Hashawha, off Route 97 north of Westminster.
Robert Foor-Hogue, a South Carroll science teacher and adviser to the Science Club, saidthe bulk of the work at the sites was accomplished during Earth Day '91 activities.
"We were absolutely delighted to get the grants," he said.
Foor-Hogue said the grant applications were written by his science research students as part of classroom lesson. His studentsare writing another grant for the next phase of a trout stream restoration project.
Students, he said, hope to use grant money to purchase native plants and to replace trees that didn't make it during restoration project earlier this year. The stream is behind the high school.
"We're hoping to get more money," Foor-Hogue said. "It's a great opportunity if you can provide good justification for what you're going to do and how positively it will impact the bay.
"Kids areactively participating in doing little things to save the bay."
The clubs used the grants to purchase equipment, such as gloves, nets and water quality test kits that will be used over the next couple ofyears to monitor streams near the Manchester Elementary School and at South Carroll High School, he said.
Both high school and elementary students planted about 1,000 pine trees near the stream at Manchester Elementary School. At South Carroll, students cleaned an area behind the school used as a dump for years and planted 60 large trees along a stream. Students hope to eventually restock the stream with trout, Foor-Hogue said.
At Camp Hashawha, teachers and students planted 100 6-foot trees on a hillside. The area will be used as a habitat for hawks and eagles. Money from the grants bought gloves, stakes and wire and refreshments for students.
Foor-Hogue said the projects benefit the Chesapeake Bay. The trees, he said, will capture nutrients that would have gone into the waterways. He said the biggest problems with the bay is silt and excess nutrients.
"The simplest way to stop both is with trees," he said. "They absorb nutrients. At one time, the bay was surrounded by trees. They used to say a squirrel could start on the East Coast and never touch ground until it hit the Mississippi River."
Since the trust's inception in 1985, more than 170 organizations have shared in 235 grants for bay projects including shoreline improvements, tree and marsh plantings, water quality studies, habitat restorations and the enhancement of environmental education programs.