A high school junior in Naples said retention ponds are a problem thanks to runoff from parking lots, cars, and all sorts of pollution.
This hurts plants and fish in the water.
“And our goal is to create a stable ecosystem to prevent the destruction of life and make sure we have a thriving ecosystem through all of that,” Reilly Peel, a junior at Seacrest Country Day School in Naples, said.
Peel has been interested in marine biology since he was four years old.
“I took a trip to the Bahamas on a sail boat and my parents always joke that the hardest part about the trip was getting me out of the water,” he laughed.
The junior has spearheaded a project that works to fix the retention pond issue.
“This is a marine system made to imitate mangrove roots,” he said, explaining how it works.
“What that does is provide oxygen, it’ll filter the water, and it’ll provide a nursery for smaller fish species,” he continued.
Peel explains the device in a show-and-tell in the video above.