For Immediate Release
April 23, 2008

KDHE Office of Communications, 785-296-0461

Water Festivals Mark Year-Round Commitment to Environmental Education

As the state celebrates Earth Day this week, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) is reminding citizens of educational water festival events that take place year-round in cities, towns and schools across Kansas.

“Water festivals provide good environmental education, because they are locally organized, and involve students and citizens in events that address water issues in their communities,” said Amanda Reed, Environmental Scientist with the KDHE Watershed Management Program.

The following water festival events are scheduled to take place soon:

Water festivals are educational, interactive and fun events that promote awareness and appreciation of local water resources and issues. These events typically consist of displays and exhibits where K-12 students and other community members can engage in hands-on learning activities. Some festivals also include service-oriented projects like stream clean-ups or storm drain stenciling, and promote understanding of topics such as the hydrologic cycle, agriculture, water treatment, wastewater and point- and non-point source pollution.

KDHE has helped provide approximately $250,000 in EPA funding for several educational water festivals this year. Some of these funds were also provided to two organizations that can help local communities get started with hosting water festivals: