Grand County: Nearly 400 students participate in ‘Watershed Week’

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From the Sky-Hi Daily News (Tonya Bina):

The nonprofit Grand County Water Information Network coordinated with teachers to bring all sixth- through eighth-grade students on field trips to the rivers, to water treatment plants, to diversion system tours, on ranches or at the molybdenum mine…

Watershed Week “reinforces that responsibility at a young age when students are being introduced to scientific principles,” [said Alex Brooks]. East Grand sixth-graders learned about timely issues such as human impacts on the watershed through water diversions in the Grand Lake area. A representative of the Northern Water Colorado Conservancy District shared information with classes, as well as a member of the Grand Lake Area Historical Society, who talked about Grand Lake’s pre-diversion history. Students also learned how the mountain pine beetle epidemic affects the watershed…

West Grand sixth-graders learned how the Climax molybdenum mine has a responsibility to return clean water to the river. The class also conducted snowpack measurements and learned about the mountain pine beetle. East Grand seventh-graders toured the Fraser Ponds and learned about fish stocking from the Colorado Division of Wildlife and about riparian habitats. West Grand seventh-graders toured Muddy Creek, sampled bug life in the stream, learned about ranch irrigation, and learned of healthy soils from the Bureau of Land Management. And eighth graders from East Grand learned how chemistry is used in wastewater treatment at the Granby and Tabernash treatment plants. The classes also did water quality sampling on the Fraser River. At West Grand, eighth graders toured the Hot Sulphur water treatment plant and did water sampling on the Blue and Colorado rivers. They also learned about the water used at the Climax Mine.

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