Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2013 Rouge River Water Festival at Cranbrook Institute of Science Sept. 11-13! It was the tenth-year of this stellar environmental education program for 4th and 5th grade students living in the Oakland County portion of the Rouge River watershed.
Nearly 1,600 students participated from Oakland County schools in 10 communities: Bloomfield Hills, Bingham Farms, Southfield, Commerce, Birmingham, Troy, Farmington Hills, Farmington, Beverly Hills and Walled Lake.
Each student experienced four different 25-minute presentations about some aspect of water led by educators and natural resources professionals. The activities brought real-world problems and solutions to classes to begin their school-year learning about how to protect our most valuable natural resource - clean, fresh water.
28 organizations presented: Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner’s Office, Plymouth Technology, Organization for Bat Conservation, General Motors, U.S. EPA, Clinton River Watershed Council, Friends of the Detroit River, Hubbell, Roth & Clark, Inc., Huron-Clinton Metroparks Mobile Learning Center, Waste Management, Southeastern Oakland County Water Authority, OHM Inc., Friends of the Rouge, UM-Dearborn Environmental Interpretive Center, Macomb County Public Works Office, DTE Energy, Marine Pollution Control, Oakland County Parks, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Detroit Water & Sewerage Dept., U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, International Joint Commission, Osprey Watch of Southeast Michigan, Western Michigan University, ECT Inc., U.S. Forest Service, Cranbrook Institute of Science and City of Southfield.
Special thanks to Oakland University teaching students who assisted as volunteer guides to lead classes.
Thank you to Pure Oakland Water, DTE Energy Foundation and the Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner's Office as our lead sponsors in 2013!