4. The River Speaks: The data tells us...
Phase Two: Tabulate the data
|Nilmarie counts part of the data collected.||Here are part of the River Watchers Squad helping us to count all the data.||Here we are making the charts and uploading the information to ThinkQuest.|
The top ten filthy ones: The river has spoken
- Food Wrappers/Containers (Envolturas/ envases de alimentos) 1,231
- Cups, Plates, Forks, Knives, Spoons (Tapas, platos, tenedores cuchillos, cucharas) 273
- Plastic Bags (Bolsas de plástico) 227
- Straws, Stirrers (Sorbetos, agitadores plásticos para bebidas) 163
- Building Materials (Materiales de construcción) 151
- Beverage Bottles (Plastic) 2 litters or less (Botellas de bebidas plásticas de dos litros o menos) 109
- Beverage Cans (Latas de bebidas) 63
- Glass Beverage Bottles (Botellas de bebidas de vidrio) 46
- Clothing, Shoes (Ropa/Zapatos) 34
- Appliances (refrigerators, washers, etc.) (Artefactos eléctricos) 34
What does the information tells us?
After tabulating all of the data we noticed that according to the Ocean Conservancy International Coastal Cleanup Data Sheet, the main activities that contaminate the river are:
- Shoreline and recreational activities (Eight out of the ten major activities tabulated are under this category)
- Dumping activities (Two of the major ten activities tabulated are under this category)
We also noticed that based on the information and what we saw during the cleanup there're two main groups that contaminate the river:
- Students- they consume fast foods and throw the waste into the river.
- Community- they throw bigger and hevier things that can be classified as construction matrials
So... to attack the problem we needed to start an education campaign to aware the school community and the neighbors of the importance of caring for our water resources and not contaminate them.