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Energy and Environment Cabinet

Division of Water

Division of Water
Community Education Initiatives

School and youth based programs, adult community programs and shoreline cleanups are all part of the Water Watch community education initiative.

1. Elementary Level
Materials and training are available for conducting school talks, including teacher materials and Ollie Otter, the clean water mascot.

2. High School Level
Water testing and science projects suitable for intermediate and advanced chemistry, biology and environmental sciences are available for use in high school settings.

3. Teachers' In-Service Programs
Free training and materials in water resource activities are available along with information for teachers, including follow-up and support while units are being taught.

4. Stream Walks
School and youth groups can conduct stream walks. Materials are available for loan for groups conducting these activities. The materials include field guides, leader guides, dipnets and water testing kits.

Adult Community Programs

1. Speakers
We can help civic organizations schedule speakers on a variety of topics on water resource issues.

2. Stream Walks or Canoe Floats
Assistance is available for a group that wants to sponsor a community canoe float or stream walk on a favorite stream. These are excellent opportunities to show people the beauty and value of the waterway.

Shoreline Cleanups
April is Keep America Beautiful Month. All water watchers are encouraged to conduct stream or lake cleanups. Assistance can be provided with how-to handbooks and certificates of appreciation for volunteers.

Kentucky Rivers Month
June is Kentucky Rivers Month. Groups are asked to conduct recreational events to focus community attention on the positive benefits of local waterways.

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