Groundwater Festival set draw 400 fourth graders

Posted: Friday, 22 April 2016

TROY - The 14th annual Groundwater Festival will give about 400 fourth-grade students from every school in Pike County a chance to get "hands-on" with activities promoting environmental awareness and water education.

The one-day festival on Wednesday, April 27 will allow students and teachers to participate in three lab activities: "Edible Aquifer," "Drop in a Bucket," and "Water Bracelet." In addition, students participate in an artwork competition supported by the Pike County Soil and Water Conservation District, and winners will be announced during the festival. "Sammy Soil," "Ruby Raindrop," T-Roy and the Trojan Cheerleaders will also be on hand to greet the students as they arrive on campus.

The "Soil Tunnel Trailer," a mobile museum, will be available for students to learn the correlation between their daily activities that directly relate to groundwater contamination. Alabama P.A.L.S. will be on hand to educate students on the effects of littering, said Janet Gaston, a senior lecturer in the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences who coordinates the event for the College of Arts and Sciences.

Held first in 2002, the annual festival’s funding and in-kind support comes from Alabama Department of Environmental Management, Legacy, the Alabama Cooperative Extension Service, the Choctawhatchee Riverkeeper, the Choctawhatchee, Pea and Yellow Rivers Watershed Management Authority, Alabama P.A.L.S., the City of Troy, the City of Brundidge, Pike County Soil and Water Conservation District, Pike County Cooperation Extension Office, Lockheed Mart and Pea River Outdoors.

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Troy University Professor Neil Billington works with fourth-grade students during the "Edible Aquifer" lab at Troy University’s Groundwater Festival in 2014. Now in its 14th year, the Groundwater Festival brings students from each school in Pike County to learn about environmental awareness and water education.