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Wyoming County Water Festival

LRH
Published Sept. 25, 2014
Students from eight schools gathered at R.D. Bailey Lake for a water festival.

Students from eight schools gathered at R.D. Bailey Lake for a water festival.

The 2014 Wyoming County Water Festival was held at R.D. Bailey Lake Visitor Center in Justice, W.Va., as nearly 300 students from eight schools in the county attended on Sept. 25, 2014.

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection coordinated the event, in collaboration with the National Park Service, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and a wide variety of other federal, state, local and volunteer organizations.

The West Virginia Water Festival is a one-day water education event for students in the 5th grade. It’s designed to heighten awareness about precious water resources and the role that every person has in protecting the health of our watersheds and the planet.

The event strives to meet existing curriculum standards for 5th grade and provide teachers with up-to-date information about natural resources as well as access to innovative approaches for teaching these concepts in their own classrooms.

The festival is also a unique opportunity for young people to be introduced to a wide variety of careers and employment opportunities in their own community.

The festival consisted of 14 stations educating students on our water resources. The Corps had two stations on water safety presented by Mike McCoy, park ranger at R.D. Bailey and Tommy Smith, interpretive park ranger at Burnsville Lake.

Kim Maxwell with the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection is the organizer of these events.

The Corps joined in four years ago to help hold events in Wyoming, McDowell, Fayette and Nicholas County