WVDEP Encourages Teachers to Take “Classroom Challenge” on World Water Day


World Water Day is March 22 

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (March 21, 2018) – The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection is encouraging middle school students and teachers across the state to take the “Classroom Challenge” on World Water Day.

The theme for 2018 is “Nature for Water,” where nature based solutions are considered to address 21st century water issues. In this challenge, students are asked to help examine urban stormwater runoff pollution and research nature based solutions that could help reduce the amount of pollutants entering West Virginia’s waterways. Examples of nature based solutions are permeable pavement that absorbs water, rain barrels, or urban rain gardens. 

The 2018 Classroom Challenge will be launched on March 21 and all entries must be submitted by March 30 to Thomas.C.Thurman@wv.gov. Each class will be featured on WVDEP’s Facebook and Twitter page, as well as receive a West Virginia watershed poster. For instructions on how to participate in the World Water Day 2018 Classroom Challenge contact Thomas.C.Thurman@wv.gov or by calling 304-926-0499 ext. 1272. Only a limited number of World Water Day teacher packets are available on a first come, first served basis.

World Water Day, which was created by the United Nations to bring attention to water related issues worldwide, is on March 22 every year. 

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Jake Glance
(304) 926-0499 ext. 1335