Local students invited to SNC to learn about water conservation and to create their own ‘dreamfish’

70th anniversary event

Kelsey Smith
Nation Valley News

FINCH — Water is a necessity for all of us, yet how much do we really know about it?

Today South Nation Conservation (SNC) invited students from six different schools in the area to learn about water in its entirety at their Finch headquarters. As part of their 70th anniversary, SNC decided to celebrate their years of success by passing on their knowledge to local youth through play, painting, demonstrations, and their water experts.

Their new program — Stream of Dreams — provides children with the opportunity to learn how to “protect water resources, its quality, and quantity,” said SNC Communications Specialist, Lisa Van De Ligt.

The new program is set to be implemented into all schools and for each school to have their own ‘dreamfish’ mural. This is the second time SNC has thrown an event like this. They more commonly make similar presentations at schools on a much smaller scale.

Schools invited included Roxmore, North Stormont, Nationview, Rothwell-Osnabruck, Centennial 67, and Maynard public schools.

Children had the chance to paint their own ‘dreamfish’— each to be displayed as a mural along the chain link fence at the SNC site. The mural should be ready by the end of next week, according to Van De Ligt.

Students were split into groups and circulated through 15 different stations. Each stop depicted various ways to conserve, protect, and value water and all of the resources it provides.

The roster of activities derived from SNC’s successful Watershed Adventures Program, previously held at schools and camps. Stations were used based on student likeability and participation from those past demonstrations.

Most of the activities were previously enjoyed but a few new ones were added for today’s special occasion. Those included: Below the Surface, and Source Water Protection.

Other stations were: Fishing Frenzy, Wormy World, Totally Turtles, and Getting to Know H2O.

Experts of the event included Michael Melaney, hydrogeologist, and Michael Jones, Water Resource Analyst. Melaney — or as he told the kids to call him “the Groundwater Guy” — taught the students about groundwater. Where to find it, what it is, and how to protect it.

He stressed that we need to take better care of the small percentage of water that is actually provided to us. “About one percent of all water is usable by us (as humans).”

Jones, spoke to the students about water filtration, offering a demonstration on how water is filtered through grass more effectively versus soil and wood chips.

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