Your River, Your Future: Make the Connection
On October 20th, 2011 NGRREC employees Marcia Lochmann and Natalie Marioni introduced middle school students to issues concerning the state of our local water resources during a program titled Your River, Your Future: Make the Connection, at the annual St. Louis Science Center's SciFest in St. Louis, MO.
Using an EnviroScape model, Marcia and Natalie demonstrated the effects of nonpoint source pollution to help teach students about the importance of keeping our local waters clean. Using additional hands-on demonstrations, the students learned about personal accountability in helping to conserve our local water supply.
This program helped students make the link between how their actions can have a direct impact on their drinking water source, the Mississippi River. Approximately thirty students, grades 6-8 attended this hour long program. In addition to this special program, Natalie Marioni provided information and hands-on activities to the general public during an all day exhibit at SciFest on Saturday, October 22nd, 2011.
Upper Mississippi River High School Symposium October 25
The Upper Mississippi River High School Symposium took place at NGRREC's Jerry F. Costello Confluence Field Station in East Alton, IL on Tuesday, October 25th, 2011.
The UMR Symposium involves different school groups each spring and fall through a partnership committee including the Missouri Coalition for the Environment, Principia College, the Sierra Club, Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville (SIUE), NGRREC and Lewis and Clark Community College.
Approximately thirty students from East Alton Wood River High School and fifteen from Triad High School, Troy, IL met with local experts to learn about real-world river concerns.
Megan Dooling, a field biologist with NGRREC, spoke to the students about Mississippi River invasive species and Dan Steinman, the Madison Co. District Conservationist with NRCS, discussed sedimentation and hypoxia issues.