Bay Sea Scouts win Interlux Waterfront Challenge

The team from Bay Village Sea Scout Ship 41 accepts the 2011 Interlux Midwest Award. Pictured, from left: Sea Scouts Andrew Felici, Nate Cullinan, Alex Felici, Shawn Sovie and Nico diGiulio; Interlux Tech. Rep. Kevin Kyle; Sea Scout adult leaders Richard Gash, Scott Engel and Tony Felici.

Bay Village Sea Scout Ship 41 won the 2011 Interlux Waterfront Challenge for the Midwest Region with their marine oil recycling project. This is the second time the Sea Scouts have won the challenge, also taking the national prize in 2008 for their “flotsam scoop” beach clean-up project.

The Sea Scouts are accepting the challenge again in 2012 with a project to address the problem of algae blooms that were a major problem in the western basin of Lake Erie in 2011. Details of the Waterfront Challenge, open to any group interested in maintaining a clean nautical environment can be found at www.waterfrontchallenge.com.

The Sea Scouts will be using part of their $4,500 Waterfront Challenge award to take a field trip to the Ohio State University Stone Laboratory on Gibraltar Island where they will study the ecology of Lake Erie. The scouts will spend two hours on a Science Cruise measuring environmental conditions.

They will also have the opportunity to use Secchi disks to determine water turbidity, plankton nets to collect algae and zooplankton, lower an Ekman dredge to survey benthic macro invertebrates and pull a fish trawl to collect and observe Lake Erie fish. Back on the island the samples collected will be studied and dissected.

The goal over the summer will be to develop micro solutions to help alleviate the problems that the green-blue algae create and submit a presentation to Interlux.

Interlux is a yacht paint manufacturer, a division of Akzo Nobel whose U.S. head office is in Strongsville, Ohio.

Richard Gash

Adult leader with Sea Scout Ship 41.

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Volume 4, Issue 6, Posted 11:51 AM, 03.20.2012