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Area students get hands-on water lesson during festival

Once again this year, fourth-graders from around the area were treated to a hands-on, fun exploration of the water cycle, watershed and water beneath us – and why they matter to us.

The Arizona Make a Splash with Project WET Water Festival hosted approximately 550 students along with their teachers from nine elementary schools at the Quartermaster Depot State Historic Park, 201 N. 4th Ave.

The four interactive science-focused investigations of watersheds, groundwater, the water cycle and ways to conserve water are correlated to state standards and address crucial topics in water stewardship. Facilitators hope instilling water conservation habits and appreciation in children’s lives will lead to a lifelong commitment to water stewardship.

Arizona Project WET (Water Education for Teachers), a program of The Water Resources Research Center and Cooperative Extension Services of the University of Arizona College of Agriculture and Life Sciences coordinates Arizona Make a Splash with Project WET Water Festivals throughout the state. Since 2000, Arizona Water Festivals have engaged 80,000 students, 2900 teachers across the state.

In Yuma, the City of Yuma Utilities Department sponsors and coordinates the water festival with the support of Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area, Carollo Engineering, Bureau of Reclamation, Yuma Elementary School District One, NAU-Yuma, Yuma County Cooperative Extension.