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Free Watershed Science Presentation Offered by Union County and the AmeriCorps Program

2015 Watershed Ambassador
NJ Amercorps Watershed Ambassador for Watershed Management Area 7, Cynthia Romero of Roselle Park, demonstrates watershed concepts using an Enviroscape® model.

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders invites elementary and high school teachers, as well as local community groups, to register for a free, 30-45-minute in-house science presentation that explains watershed and environmental concepts in a fun and meaningful way.

“Watersheds are important to our communities because they sustain life in many different ways,” said Freeholder Chairman Mohamed S. Jalloh. “This free program offers teachers, students, and community members the opportunity to discover how human behavior can impact the land and waterways around them.”

Union County and AmeriCorp bring the in-house, interactive watershed presentations to teachers and students in the classroom and to other community group locations.

Since 1999, these interactive presentations have been receiving positive reviews from participants. Students and teachers enjoy participating in the hands-on demonstration that includes a three-dimensional topographic land use model.

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 include eliminating or minimizing the use of pesticides on lawns, picking up pet waste, and not feeding geese.

The free presentations are offered by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Union County Department of Parks and Recreation in conjunction with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, and the AmeriCorps Watershed Ambassador Program. Also, the ambassador program offers stream assessment training for individuals and groups. To schedule for a free presentation or training, call Cynthia Romero, Watershed Ambassador for Watershed Management Area 7 at (908) 789-3209.