Welcome to Kid's Corner. Where you can get the story on stormwater pollution, and learn why our creeks, bays and ocean get polluted. Discover what you and your friends can do to help prevent pollution, and how to play it safe, in your neighborhood and at the beach.
Stormwater pollution happens because dirty water contaminated with stuff like trash, cigarette butts and dog poop, goes from the street into our creeks, bays and the ocean. This dirty water flows through storm drains, so it's called stormwater pollution. See if you know some of these other important stormwater words:
SEVEN WAYS TO BE STORMWATER SMART
Orange County's water education programs:
The Municipal Water District of Orange County offers a variety of education programs available to local schools, to help kids learn more about water and water pollution.
A guest speaker can visit your classroom or school assembly. School education programs include presentations, skits and programs to help teachers incorporate water education into the classroom. For more information, please visit www.mwdoc.com/services/school-programs or contact Jessica Ouwerkerk, Public Affairs Supervisor, (714) 593-5029
Poster and slogan contest:
The Water District has a poster and slogan contest every year for kids, kindergarten through 6th grade. The winning entries go in a calendar that is sent to every classroom teacher in Orange County elementary schools. Contest winners, their families and teachers win prizes and are honored at an awards ceremony and ice cream social. For more information, please visit www.mwdoc.com/services/poster-slogan or contact Jessica Ouwerkerk, Public Affairs Supervisor , (714) 593-5029
O.C. Water Hero Program:
Orange County Water District and the Municipal Water District of Orange County are excited to present the O.C. Water Hero program to Orange County students. Through this program, students make a pledge to save 20 gallons of water per day by doing simple things like turning off the water when brushing their teeth or taking 5-minute or less showers. Once we receive their pledge, the student will receive a FREE O.C. Water Hero kit that includes items like a 5-minute shower timer, water-saving tips stickers, a flexible flying disc, and more fun water-saving items. For more information, please visit www.ocwaterhero.com or contact, Jessica Ouwerkerk, Public Affairs Supervisor , (714) 593-5029.
The EnviroScape ® is a cool way to learn about stormwater pollution. It is a portable, interactive educational table top model that demonstrates the sources of non-point source pollution and how it can affect our waterways. It is a hands-on education and communication tool, effective for all ages, and allows participants to relate water pollution sources in their communities to the impacts on our creeks, bays and ocean. Interested in having one of the models at a public event or educational class? Call the Orange County Stormwater Program at (714) 955-0672, or send an e-mail to Jenna.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kid power can prevent stormwater pollution. It happens every day. Kids like you, making a real difference, by volunteering for activities and events that help keep our channels, creeks, bays and ocean clean. If you want to dive into one of the many opportunities there are to volunteer, visit our links or the volunteer information on the County's Watershed Division web site. From beach and park cleanups to nature walks, wildlife protection programs, water quality monitoring and more, there's always something going on in your community. Check it out.
For more information:
Please visit the OC Watersheds Kids Corner website: http://ocwatersheds.com/publiced/kidscorner
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