WVDEP hosting World Water Day outing for students


CHARLESTON, W.Va. – More than 100 grade school students will learn important lessons about water conservation in a unique outdoor classroom setting, sponsored by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP).

In conjunction with World Water Day 2024, the WVDEP’s Youth Environmental Program and Project WET (Water Education Today) are hosting a water education event beginning at 9 a.m. on Friday, March 22, at Little Creek Park in South Charleston.

Fourth- and fifth-grade students from Holz, Kenna and Richmond elementaries in Kanawha County will rotate through a series of innovative, 20 minute presentations offered by government and industry experts. The hands-on stations are designed to be both interactive and fun, while providing valuable information about the availability of clean water on our planet, threats to its viability and actions needed to protect it.

Presenters will touch on subjects such as flooding, acid rain, safeguarding our drinking water, water usage and how pollution impacts aquatic insects.

World Water Day is an annual United Nations’ observance with goals of raising awareness and inspiring action to take on water and sanitation issues around the globe. This year’s theme is “Water for Peace,” as more than 3 billion people worldwide depend on water that crosses national borders. As populations grow, there is an urgent need, within and between countries, to unite around protecting and conserving the Earth’s most precious resource.

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Terry Fletcher