FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 23, 2009



Free 45-minute Watershed Presentation Offered
by Union County and the AmeriCorps Program


The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders encourages sixth grade teachers and local community groups to register for a free, 45-minute, in-class science presentation that relates watershed and environmental concepts in a fun and meaningful way. Teachers, students, and community members will discover how human behavior can impact the land and waterways around them.

“Since 1999, these interactive presentations about how a land area drains into a river system have been receiving positive reviews from students and teachers alike,” said Freeholder Bette Jane Kowalski, liaison to the Union County Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. “They enjoy participating in the hands-on demonstration that includes the use of a three-dimensional topographic land use model.”

Most importantly, the program offers easy, practical solutions that everyone can implement to reduce non-point source pollution and improve water quality. Examples of ways the average person can help the environment include eliminating or minimizing the use of pesticides on lawns, picking up pet waste, and not feeding geese.

The presentations are offered by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Union County Department of Parks and Community Renewal in conjunction with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, and the AmeriCorps Watershed Ambassador Program. To schedule a free presentation for your sixth grade class or your community group, or for more information about your watershed, call Steve Hruby, the Watershed Ambassador for Watershed Management Area 7, at (908) 789-3209.