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December 3, 2008 > Observation deck constructed at Tyson Lagoon

Observation deck constructed at Tyson Lagoon

Submitted By Joyce Blueford

The Math Science Nucleus has overseen many high school projects at Tule Ponds at Tyson Lagoon, but never as complicated as an observation deck completed by 17 year old Aaron Willis. Aaron is a resident of Fremont and belongs to Boy Scout Troop 176.

The Tule Ponds at Tyson Lagoon, Fremont serves as a wildlife sanctuary to many of native animals and plants. The facility, owned by Alameda County Flood Control and Water Conservation District, is an area reserved for storm water runoff to prevent flooding nestled behind the Fremont BART Station. Math/Science Nucleus, a non-profit agency manages the facility and leads educational tours, workshops, and research.

Aaron Willis' Eagle Scout project, built an observation deck above Tule Pond A so students can view the large inflow water pipes. The deck is a safety measure to prevent students from getting too close to the pipe. "This was the first project that we ever had that required engineering designs and approval by the county," stated Joyce Blueford, Board President of the Math Science Nucleus. "Not only did Aaron design the plans but he carried out the project as if he was an engineer!"

Aaron stated, "When we met with Dr. Blueford she showed the various projects at Tule Ponds. I knew immediately that this was the project I wanted. It was going to be a real challenge. I wanted to have a project that wouldn't be easy, but substantial." His father Barry Willis oversaw the project. His wisdom and guidance was an inspiration, as he allowed the scouts and friends to do it on their own.

The observation deck will allow visitors to Tule Pond Tour to appreciate how storm water flows. For more information on Tule Ponds, visit

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