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(Introduction)

 

Plastic,? ?the? ?ultimate? ?revolutionary? ?product!?
?Though?
?it?
?has?
?simplified?
?our?
?lives?
?and?
?led?
?to

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other?
?inventions,?
?it?
?has?
?taken?
?a?
?toll?
?on?
?our?
?environment.?
?Did?
?you?
?know?
?that?
?there?
?are?
?100?
?million
tons?
?of?
?plastic?
?floating?
?around?
?the?
?ocean??
?(Tanner,?
?20)?
?According?
?to?
?the?
?National?
?Geographic
there? ?is? ?a? ?new? ?continent? ?being? ?formed? ?in? ?the? ?Pacific? ?Ocean? ?and? ?it’s? ?about? ?the? ?size? ?of? ?Europe.? ?I? ?bet Leo? ?Hendrick? ?Baekeland,? ?an?
?inventor?
?and?
?founder?
?of?
?plastic,?
?never?
?saw?
?this?
?coming;?
?but?
?he?
?can’t
just?
?take?
?all?
?the?
?blame.?
?Every?
?one?
?of?
?us?
?is?
?responsible?
?for?
?pollution,?
?not?
?only?
?plastic?
?pollution,?
?but
air?
?pollution,?
?waste?
?pollution?
?and?
?everything?
?else?
?that?
?is?
?hurting?
?our?
?environment.?
?This?
?leads?
?me
onto?
?our?
?watersheds?
?and?
?how?
?terribly?
?they?
?are?
?being?
?polluted?
?with?
?plastic?
?waste.

            Here?
?in?
?Greeley,?
?Colorado?
?our?
?local?
?watersheds?
are?
??the?
?Big?
?Thompson?
?River?
and??
?the
Cache? ?la? ?Poudre.? ?Many? ?people? ?are? ?unaware? ?of? ?their? ?local? ?watersheds.? ?The?
?only?
?time?
?we’ve?
?heard
about? ?these? ?rivers? ?was? ?about? ?4? ?years? ?ago? ?when? ?there? ?were? ?massive? ?flood? ?incidents.? ?The?
?Cache?
?la

Poudre? ?runs?
?through?
?Northern?
?Colorado.?
?In?
?1996?
?this?
?river?
?was?
?nominated?
?as?
?a?
?National?
?Heritage

Area.?
?The?
?Big?
?Thompson?
?flows?
?through?
?Rocky?
?National?
?Park,?
?Estes?
?Park,?
?Loveland?
?and?
?the
South? ?Platte? ?River.? ?According? ?to?
?USGS,?
?there?
?have?
?been?
?two?
?major?
?deadly?
?and?
?destructive
events.? ?The? ?first? ?being? ?a? ?nasty? ?amount? ?of? ?rainfall? ?that? ?fell? ?in? ?4? ?hours? ?and? ?killed? ?143? ?people.? ?This happened? ?in?
?1976?
?and?
?has?
?been?
?recorded?
?as?
?the?
?worst?
?natural?
?disaster?
?in?
?Colorado.?
?The?
?next
incident? ?happened? ?in? ?2013,? ?where? ?a? ?massive? ?rainfall? ?caused? ?flooding.? ?The?
?floods?
?damaged?
?many
homes? ?and? ?establishments? ?in? ?the? ?mountains.? ?Not?
?only?
?did?
?these?
?floods?
?damaged?
?homes?
?and?
?killed
people? ?but? ?as? ?the? ?water? ?rose? ?it? ?picked? ?up? ?trash,? ?harmful? ?chemicals,? ?and?
?not?
?to?
?mention?
?human
waste.? ?We? ?must? ?start? ?caring? ?for? ?our? ?watershed? ?because?
?they?
?are?
?our?
?only?
?resource? ?to?
?clean?
?fresh

water.

Another?
?thing?
?that?
?causes?
?so?
?much?
?waste?
?to?
?go?
?into?
?our?
?watersheds?
?is?
?the?
?lack?
?of?
?respect?
?people
have?
?for?
?their?
?own?
?environment.?
?Several?
?people?
?go?
?up?
?to?
?the?
?mountains?
?like?
?Estes?
?Park?
?and?
?tend
to?
?leave?
?a?
?big?
?mess?
?(like)?
?plastic?
?water?
?bottles,?
?and?
?they?
?don’t?
?pick?
?up?
?after?
?themselves.?
?That?
?is
called? ?pollution.? ?The? ?wind? ?blows? ?all? ?that? ?pollution? ?into?
?rivers,?
?causing?
?our?
?watersheds?
?to?
?get
polluted.? ?There? ?may? ?be? ?laws? ?for? ?littering? ?and? ?pollution? ?but?
?they?
?aren’t?
?reinforced?
?as?
?they?
?should
be.

            With?
?the?
?whole?
?rise?
?of
?plastic??
?consumption,?
?I?
?think?
that?
??one?
?way?
?that?
?we
?can??
?reduce
??it?
?is
by?
?using?
?refillable?
?water?
?stations?
?at?
?my?
?school.?
?Students?
?will?
?be?
?able?
?to?
?bring?
?their?
?own?
?refillable
water? ?bottles.? ?This? ?mean? ?with? ?less? ?plastic? ?consumption? ?there?
?will?
?be?
?less?
?plastic?
?pollution.
Students? ?won’t? ?have? ?to? ?bring? ?multiple? ?plastic? ?water? ?bottles? ?to? ?school? ?anymore.? ?We? ?may? ?have three? ?water?
?refill?
?stations?
?at?
?our?
?school?
?but?
?I?
?think?
?it?
?would?
?be?
?great?
?to?
?be?
?able?
?to?
?add?
?more?
?to?
?our
school? ?because? ?sometimes? ?students?
?are?
?not?
?able?
?to?
?go?
?to?
?those?
?certain?
?drinking?
?fountain.?
?We?
?only
have?
?a?
?five?
?minute?
?passing?
?periods.?
?The?
?water?
?refill?
?stations?
?are?
?located?
?in?
?the?
?bottom?
?floor?
?by?
?the
main?
?stairs.?
?Which?
?means?
?if?
?your?
?class?
?isn’t?
?anywhere?
?near?
?those?
?drinking?
?fountains,?
?it’s?
?hard?
?to
refill? ?your? ?water? ?bottle? ?and? ?be? ?on? ?time? ?to? ?class.? ?Something? ?else?
?to?
?mention?
?is?
?that?
?it’s?
?also?
?really
hard?
?to?
?fill?
?your?
?water?
?bottle?
?with?
?the?
?old?
?school?
?drinking?
?fountains.

(Methodology)

 

            In?
?order?
?to?
?solve?
the??
?plastic?
?pollution?
?problem?
that?
??we?
?have,?
?we?
?must?
?install?
?more?
?water
refill? ?stations,? ?as? ?I? ?mentioned? ?before.?
?According?
?to?
?an?
?article?
?in?
?Loyal?
?Phoenix?
?”The?
?installment
of?
?49?
?water?
?bottle?
?refill?
?stations?
?on?
?both?
?the?
?Lake?
?Shore?
?and?
?Water?
?Tower?
?Campuses?
?has?
?’saved’
approximately? ?370,000? ?bottles? ?of? ?water? ?and? ?counting…”? ?(Bunnage,?
?2012).That’s? ?7,551?
?per?
?water
refill? ?station.? ?My? ?school? ?may? ?not? ?be? ?as? ?large? ?as? ?that? ?campus,? ?but? ?water? ?refill? ?stations? ?are? ?saving the? ?environment?
?from?
?a?
?lot?
?of?
?plastic?
?pollution.?
?There?
?are?
?about?
?1,205?
?students?
?at?
?my?
?school?
?and
students? ?drink? ?about? ?4? ?bottles? ?of? ?water? ?per? ?day.? ?This? ?means? ?about? ?4,820? ?bottles? ?of? ?water? ?would be? ?saved? ?per? ?drinking? ?fountain? ?and? ?that? ?doesn’t? ?include? ?the? ?staff? ?who? ?also? ?drink? ?water.

If? ?I? ?am? ?to? ?win? ?this? ?contest,? ?I? ?will? ?help? ?install? ?two? ?water? ?refill? ?stations.? ?I?
?will?
?put?
?the?
?water

refill?
?stations?
?in?
?the?
?bathrooms?
?by?
?the?
?main?
?stairs,?
?on?
?the?
?second?
?floor.?
?This?
?will?
?be?
?a?
?great?
?place
to?
?place?
?them?
?because?
?since?
?we?
?don’t?
?have?
?any?
?water?
?refill?
?stations?
?in?
?our?
?second?
?floor,?
?students
will?
?be?
?able?
?to?
?refill?
?their?
?water?
?bottles.?
?There?
?will?
?be?
?no?
?need?
?to?
?go?
?down?
?stair?
?and?
?be?
?late?
?to
class.? ?It’ll? ?be? ?great? ?for? ?all? ?the? ?staff? ?and? ?students.? ?Not? ?to? ?mention? ?drinking? ?water? ?is? ?great? ?for? ?your body? ?and?
?health.?
?Moving?
?onto?
?the?
?budget?
?portion?
?I?
?did?
?go?
?little?
?above?
?the?
?budget.?
?In?
?order?
?to?
?fix
that?
?I?
?will?
?talk?
?to?
?the?
?finance?
?office?
?and?
?the?
?principal,?
?to?
?see?
?if?
?it?
?will?
?be?
?okay?
?if?
?I?
?use?
?some?
?of?
?the
money? ?that? ?they? ?have? ?left? ?over? ?from? ?previous? ?Caring? ?for? ?a? ?Watershed? ?Project?
?winners.?
?That?
?way
I?
?could?
?see?
?if?
?it?
?would?
?be?
?okay?
?to?
?spend?
?some?
?of?
?the?
?extra?
?money?
?from?
?previous?
?winners?
?in?
?order
to?
?install?
?more.?
?For?
?the?
?installation?
?part?
?of?
?the?
?project?
?I?
?will?
?talk?
?to?
?our?
?schools?
?plumber?
?and?  ?he will? ?be? ?installing? ?the?
?water?
?refill?
?stations,?
?the?
?school’s?
?custodian?
?and?
?I?
?can?
?make?
?sure?
?that?
?the
water? ?refill? ?stations? ?are? ?always? ?working.? ?I? ?will? ?also? ?keep? ?track? ?of? ?how? ?much? ?water? ?is? ?being? ?used because? ?if?
?more?
?water?
?is?
?being?
?used,?
?more?
?people?
?are?
?drinking?
?it?
?and?
?the?
?plastic?
?consumptions?
?is
going? ?down.? ?I? ?will? ?be? ?advertising? ?by? ?putting? ?an? ?announcement? ?in?
?the?
?morning?
?announcements,
this?
?way?
?students?
?and?
?teachers?
?will?
?be?
?aware?
?that?
?we?
?have?
?new?
?water?
?refill?
?stations.

In? ?conclusion? ?as? ?I? ?mentioned? ?earlier?
?about?
?4,820?
?bottles?
?of?
?water?
?would?
?be? saved??
?per

drinking?
?fountain?
?that?
?shall?
?be?
?installed.?
?This?
?will?
?not?
?only?
?be?
?only?
?benefiting?
?my?
?school?
?but?
?it
will?
?also?
?be?
?benefited?
?the?
?environment?
?and?
?more?
?importantly?
?our?
?local?
?watersheds. 

The? ?materials? ?I?
?will?
?need:

–       
2? ?Elkay? ?Drinking? ?Fountains? ?(?
?1?
?Elkay?
?Drinking
?Fountain??
?=?
?$807.84?
?so?
?two?
would?? ?be

$1,615.68)

–       
Plumber/Electrician? ?($1,100) 

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