This week we will have high schoolers, elementary schoolers, middle schoolers, and homeschoolers visiting the Watershed Center for hands-on water education. From Mountain Grove to Pierce City to Morrisville to our own Springfield Public Schools, we are reaching and impacting many of the students in our region. It is important for these students to connect our lakes, rivers, and streams to the water that we drink. We nature journal, catch bugs, look through microscopes, and even fish to help the students. I know, it’s a tough job, but someone’s got to do it.

While I am here working with students, Stacey has been conducting meetings in Greenfield and throughout our watershed, educating people in a different way using experts and discussion to empower landowners to make positive watershed changes. Meanwhile, Mike is talking to KY3 about our field trips, Greene County Commissioners about our storm water, and administrators and faculty at the local universities about sustainability. Yesterday, Kelly was actively reaching out to our social media audience to build support and show appreciation for the Give Ozarks Day fundraiser where we raised money for trail and sign improvements (which started today with the installation of 4 new sign posts). In fact, friends of mine who donated even commented that they were amazed that Watershed Committee publicly thanked them within moments of donating to our cause. Kelly has a special ability to make people feel really appreciated.

As we wind and meander through our week, we leave traces of watershed awareness that will hopefully continue changing mindsets in our community. Particularly during this week, Drinking Water Week, we want to make ripples among our friends and neighbors who care for and benefit from our clean water. We are especially thankful to work with our water company, City Utilities of Springfield. They continue to bring high quality drinking water to Springfield and the leadership is passionate about healthy water and healthy people.

Find out more about Drinking Water Week and Give Ozarks Day in the links below. Be sure to catch them both again next year.

http://www.awwa.org/resources-tools/public-affairs/public-affairs-events/drinking-water-week.aspx
https://giveozarks.org/

Rob Hunt, Watershed Center Coordinator

Mountain Grove students

Mountain Grove students

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