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High School Junior Working To Solve Florida's Retention Pond Problems

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.