Greeley: Annual water festival

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From the Greeley Tribune (Jakob Rodgers):

The Water Festival on Wednesday helped to educate students about water use as about 1,100 children from across Weld and Adams counties converged on the University Center at the University of Northern Colorado to learn more about proper water conservation. The event, which was sponsored by the Central Colorado Water Conservancy District and the city of Greeley, operated under the theme of “Wild About Water” to educate children about how water use and the environment are connected while also instructing them how to save water in their own house.

After visiting several booths, Sydney Schultz, 10, of Eaton Elementary School, lamented that such conservation efforts are often viewed as a tough thing to do. “It’s kind of hard because America today is kind of lazy about what they are doing, and we’re careless,” Sydney said.

Update: More coverage from the Fort Collins Coloradoan:

Third-graders studied river and lake ecology, water-related hypothermia and using water to put out fires at the 18th annual Children’s Water Festival held at CSU’s Lory Student Center. “We want them to learn about water,” said Brian Werner, spokesman for the Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District, one of the sponsors of the event. “That can be anything from where your water comes from to conservation methods.” At one station, students put their hands in ice-cold water and learned how quickly hypothermia can set in. “It’s cold, and you’ve got to wear your life jacket in the lake,” said Zach Hupfer, 9, a third-grade student at Johnson Elementary School.

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