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Puddle poses problem

Jessie Dorety, Staff writer

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The puddle in the courtyard that is home to the ducks has become a concern to faculty members and to the Horticulture club due to the large amount of standing water. It damages the turf area in the courtyard and could potentially serve as a breeding ground for mosquitos carrying the zika virus.

“All that water sitting there could be a breeding ground for mosquitos, especially for the teachers whose classrooms are out there,” Horticulture teacher John Enders said.

The school custodians have been providing a puddle of water in addition to the kiddie pool because the ducklings are too small for the pool.

“If we didn’t make the puddle, the little babies would drown in the swimming pool,” Williams said.

Principal Sam Wynkoop is concerned about the ducks’ behavior and that the safety of the courtyard will make them less able to survive and prosper in the wild.

“Though they may be cute, the ducks are wild animals. Although they like our courtyard, I would worry that they aren’t able to hone their wild skills like they would be able to elsewhere,” Wynkoop said.

Enders is concerned about the effects of the puddle on the turf in the courtyard.

“The running water wastes water, which uses chemicals and electricity to process, and it damages the area and puts more sediment in the local storm drain,” Enders said.

Recently, the ducks have left the courtyard and moved to a more natural environment, but the puddle still remains a problem.

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