TROY to host Geneva County Groundwater Festival

Posted: Wednesday, 29 April 2009

DOTHAN—Troy University will welcome 400 area fourth graders to the Dothan Campus on Friday, May 1, for the annual Geneva County Groundwater Festival.

Students from Mulkey, Samson, Geneva County and Slocomb elementary schools will participate in the festival, which educates students about the water cycle and the need for water conservation.

“The goal of the [festival] is to increase awareness of our fragile groundwater resources and to inform students about the need to protect those resources,” said Mary Baltikauski, Geneva County extension coordinator.

This is the third year TROY has hosted the Groundwater Festival at the Dothan Campus and several TROY students will be assisting the festival as volunteers.

The first group of fourth graders will arrive on campus at 9 a.m. and the festival will conclude at 12:50 p.m.

The festival includes several hands-on learning activities for students, including making a water bracelet and an “edible aquifer.” All of the activities highlight the need to protect and conserve groundwater resources, Baltikauski said.

“All of Geneva County’s drinking water comes from underground water supplies at this time,” Baltikauski said. “The Groundwater Festival Committee hopes to generate concern for our limited drinking water resources and to develop a responsible citizenry that will protect and conserve water resources on our planet.”

For more information, contact the Geneva County Extension System office at 334-684-2484.