Decked out in waders with a mission of finding macroinvertebrates and minnows in the Clinton River, FCA Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) Lead Dave Jump gets knee deep with Bowers Academy high school students to create the next generation of “stream leaders.”
“We have a responsibility to the environment and to protect Mother Earth, ” says Dave. “I’ve been working on this stream for the past 10 years, helping guide students as they conduct biological, chemical and physical assessments of the river. It’s in moments like this where I know I’m doing my little bit to build tomorrow’s environmentalists.”
The annual river monitoring is part of the Clinton River Watershed Council’s Stream Leaders program, which aims to raise young people’s awareness of the importance of water quality and to help cultivate a connection to a Great Lakes stewardship identity. The Clinton River flows for 83 miles in southeastern Michigan.
Dave’s stewardship of the environment goes beyond the streams.
He has taught students how to build insect houses, plant butterfly waystations and install bat houses to protect declining pollinator populations. He has collected reusable shoes and donated them to Soles4Soles and coordinated electronic recycling days. Dave has challenged students to design and build model homes that use chemical reactions of plants and other autotrophs, as well as pollinators, to help reduce the effects of human activity on the environment.
It’s these commitments to preserving the environment together with the local community that has helped the Company earn the highest recognition, Certified Gold, from the Wildlife Habitat Council for overall excellence in wildlife habitat and corporate conservation.
To learn more about the Clinton River Watershed Council, visit https://www.crwc.org/.
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