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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
( May 11, 1998)
OVER 1,000 FOURTH- GRADERS WILL PARTICIPATE IN 1998 WATER FESTIVAL AT SDSM& T ON TUESDAY, MAY 12
Over 1,000 fourth- graders are scheduled to participate in the 1998 Water Festival being hosted by the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology ( SDSM& T) on Tuesday, May 12th. Water Festival activities begin at 8: 30 a. m. and run until 2: 00 p. m. This is the fourth year SDSM& T has hosted this environmental education program that is directed to fourth graders.
Forty- five fourth grade classes from nineteen area schools will participate in a Quiz Bowl and at least three 20- minute presentations related to some aspect of non- point pollution, water quality and other environmental issues. Schools from Box Elder, Black Hawk, Hermosa, Hot Springs, Piedmont, Porcupine, Rapid City and Sturgis will be participating.
Teams of 4th- graders will compete in a Quiz Bowl that will be held throughout the day in Room 204 of the Didier Education Center ( Classroom Building). Each 4th- grade class will receive a rain gauge for competing in Quiz Bowl. Students also will have an opportunity to participate in a wide variety of fun hands- on activities, including stream gauging in Rapid Creek, water chemistry, water filtration, weather radar, weatger forecasting, sand tank dye casting, and oil spill cleanup — to name just a few. Several displays also will be set up in the Surbeck Center.
Individuals presenting Water Festival programs include: Mike Barnes, McNenny State Fish Hatchery; Deborah Barton, South Dakota Solid Waste Association; Bruce Berdanier, Arden Davis, Nathaniel Marcoe, Henry Mott and Kate Webb, SDSM& T; John Esposti, Rushmore Cave; Allen Heakin, U. S. Geological Survey; Kelly Lane, Douglas School District; James Miller, Institute of Atmospheric Sciences; Mike Modrick, KOTA; Curtis Rasmuson, South Dakota Division of Forestry; Laurie Root, South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks; Ida Marie Snorteland, Lawrence County Extension Service; Gary Stephenson and Alan Wittmuss, South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources; Tim Thomure, Wharf Resources; Dan Van Cleave, Rapid City Water Reclamation; Gary Veldes, Bureau of Reclamation; Gene Waterson, National Resource Conservation Service; and Sharon Zeller, Keep Rapid City Beautiful. Dr. Scott Kenner, Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, is coordinator of the Water Festival activities. For additional information, contact Dr. Kenner at 394- 2513.
Media Advisory: The Water Festival activities offer many good visual/ photographic opportunities, including Stream Gauging on Rapid Creek ( Steele Street Bridge just north of campus); Water Filtration Column; and Water Chemistry. ( A schedule of programs and locations will be available at the registration table in Surbeck Center.)
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