Keep It Clean Partnership’s Operation Water Festival Program Earns Award for Excellence in Environmental Education

Monday, March 04, 2013

The Keep It Clean Partnership’s (KICP) Operation Water Festival program has received an award for excellence in environmental education from the Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education (CAEE). The Operation Water Festival program is a model community partnership of government, school district, private, and nonprofit educational organizations. The CAEE award honors the program’s innovative approach to effective, inclusive, and cooperative water education.

Operation Water Festival is a standards-based water education program that features a six-week, pre-festival learning component and daylong water festivals in both Boulder and Longmont. The program engages fourth and fifth grade students from Boulder Valley School District, Saint Vrain Valley School District, and independent schools in hands-on activities to teach them where their drinking water comes from and how to protect and conserve local water resources.

More than 29,000 students have attended the Boulder and Longmont water festivals to learn about local water resources, environmental quality, and water conservation. KICP is the leading sponsor and organizer of the Operation Water Festival program.

“Operation Water Festival is a great example of the Keep It Clean Partnership’s community environmental education programs and partnerships,” said Keep It Clean Partnership Coordinator Janice Lopitz. “We are proud to accept this award on behalf of our partner communities.”

The Keep It Clean Partnership communities of Boulder, Boulder County, Erie, Lafayette, Longmont, Louisville, and Superior collaborate to combine resources and protect shared water supplies. The partner communities are dedicated to protecting water quality and reducing stormwater pollution, as required by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Water Act.

For more information, visit www.keepitcleanpartnership.org. View a video about the Operation Water Festival.

The CAEE Awards for Excellence in Environmental Education recognize the highest-quality programs that are setting new standards for environmental education in their communities. Ten Colorado organizations are being acknowledged for their outstanding work helping people to better understand their role in the environment. The awards were presented at the CAEE’s 15th annual awards celebration on Saturday, March 2, 2013.



Chana Goussetis
Marketing and Communications Specialist
Boulder County Public Health
cgoussetis@bouldercounty.org
303-441-1457


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