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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
( May 7, 1998)
OVER 900 FOURTH- GRADERS WILL PARTICIPATE IN 1999 WATER FESTIVAL AT SDSM& T ON TUESDAY, MAY 11
Over 900 fourth- graders are scheduled to participate in the 1999 Water Festival being hosted by the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology ( SDSM& T) on Tuesday, May 11th. Water Festival activities begin at 9: 00 a. m. and run until 12: 00 p. m. This is the fourth year SDSM& T has hosted this environmental education program that is directed to fourth graders.
Thirty- six fourth grade classes from fifteen 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, Custer, Hermosa, Piedmont, 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 the Surbeck Student Center Ballroom. Students also will have an opportunity to participate in a wide variety of fun hands- on activities, including stream gauging in Rapid Creek, backyard conservation, oil spill cleanup, water filtration, water chemistry, weather radar, wetlands — to name just a few.
Individuals presenting Water Festival programs include: Allen Heakin, United States Geological Survey; Gene Waterson, National Resources Conservation Service; Sharon Zeller, Keep Rapid City Beautiful; Dr. Larry Stetler, Dr. Bruce Berdanier, Dr. Henry Mott, Dr. Arden Davis and Lois Arneson- Meyer, SDSM& T; Gary Stephenson and Alan Wittmuss, South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources; John Esposti, Beautiful Rushmore Cave; Gary Veldes, Bureau of Recreation; Dave Van Cleave, Rapid City Water Reclamation; Tyler Cruickshank, Institute of Atmospheric Science; Treste’ Huse, National Weather Service, Aaron Asquith, Stream Table, Mike Modrick, KOTA- TV, Gail Schmidt, United States Geological Survey EROS Data Center, Kelly Lane, Douglas Schools, and Greg Young, South Dakota DFP. 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 the Quiz Bowl ( Surbeck Student Center Ballroom), stream table ( parking lot west of civil building), and Rapid Creek Stream Gauging ( Steele Street Bridge just north of campus). ( A schedule of programs and locations will be available at the registration table in Surbeck Center – All 900 students will be on campus between 10: 30- noon)
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