Tuesday, February 10, 2009

“Make a Splash with Project WET”

Water resources are vital to the health and well-being of our society…..even here in Louisiana, where water is often taken for granted. Water is a non renewable natural resource. This precious resource may become increasingly scarce as we place more demands on fresh water supplies. As water quality and conservation issues continue to grow it is important that our children learn how they can contribute to its wise use and protection.

For this reason the Dugdemona Soil and Water Conservation District Festival in partnership with the LSU Cooperative Extension Service for Winn Parish will conduct a water festival featuring interactive, hands-on learning activities related to surface and ground water, the water cycle, aquatic organisms, water’s chemical and physical properties, water distribution, natural springs, and more. The festival is designed for teachers and students of the fourth grade. Students will experience interactive exhibits that will encourage a stewardship ethic and a commitment of responsibility and community participation.

There are many conservation issues in Louisiana. Through Project WET we emphasize the importance of water, the non-renewable natural resource, water quality as well as quantity. We also address many other important issues such as reducing soil erosion, enhancing water supplies, improving water quality, increasing wildlife habitat, and reducing damages caused by floods and other natural disasters. There are many public benefits including enhanced natural resources that help sustain agricultural productivity and environmental quality while supporting continued economic development, recreation, and scenic beauty.

The “Make a Splash” water festival will be held at the Group Camp in Jimmie Davis State Park located at 1209 State Park Road, in Chatham, LA 71226 on Tuesday, March 3, 2009 from 9:00 am to 2:10 pm. Fourth grade teachers and students from Caldwell, Jackson and Winn parishes are invited to attend this event.

We are so happy to invite you to share this great experience. We sincerely hope you will become one of our “Partners in Conservation” by supporting this milestone event a volunteer or sponsoring. By working together, communities, businesses, and organizations such as ours, we ensure vital natural resource will continue to enrich our lives. Please contact us at your earliest convenience if you plan to be a sponsor or attend this event. For additional information please contact Vikkie Lafollette at (318) 628-4438 or 628-2352 or email us at dugdswcd@bellsouth.net .