(Advisory: Reporters are welcome to attend this event, but it is not
open to the public.)
UM-Dearborn to host eighth annual Rouge River Water Festival May 5
DEARBORN---The University of Michigan-Dearborn and Wayne County's Department
of Environment will welcome 3,000 fifth-grade students to the UM-Dearborn
campus May 5 for the eighth annual Rouge
River Water Festival, a free half-day environmental education event
designed to help children learn about the importance of water to people
and the environment.
Through interactive programs and exhibits, the students will learn about
water use, pollution prevention, the hydrologic cycle and how water relates
to recreation, wildlife, industry, fisheries, private businesses, public
safety and environmental sustainability.
Representatives from local, state and federal government agencies, natural
resource groups, universities, museums, media and businesses will serve
as presenters and exhibitors at the Water Festival to reinforce the science
curricula taught at elementary schools throughout the 48 communities located
in the Rouge River watershed. Presentations will include topics on the
birds of the Rouge River Watershed; pond study of ecosystems and animal/plant
classifications; the Henry Ford Estate's waterscape; and the "Dirt
Doctors" teaching soil erosion of the earth's surface and resources.
Reporters and photographers interested in attending the 2005 Rouge River
Water Festival at UM-Dearborn on May 5 should contact biology Prof. Orin
Gelderloos, director of UM-Dearborn's Environmental Interpretive Center,
at (313) 593-5339.