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WEC Newsletter W13

The Director's Corner It has been a busy year, and our calendar is full through May! A Mary Black Foundation grant provided funding for a summer camp and programs for Cleveland Academy students and allowed us to hire a part-time person for the duration of the grant. Thanks to USC Upstate and professors Dr. Chris Bender and Dr. M.B. Ulmer, we now have muchneeded math and chemistry programs. Another exciting development is our work to videotape programs and post them to our website. This new resource will give teachers an opportunity to review different Looking outside, I can truly say that it looks and feels like winter. I can’t believe we’ve already had snow! Between the temperatures and precipitation, it’s hard to imagine the hot days of summer, but we have already started planning our 2014 Discovery Camps. Our community outreach programs have kept me busy teaching in the schools and working on the Discover Your Watershed event. Mark April 26 on your calendar and join us at Lyman Lake for a day of outdoor fun and meeting other environmentally minded folks. As Community Outreach Coordinator, I’ve had the opportunity to share the watershed model with several local civic groups where we have discussed each individual’s responsibility for non-point source water pollution. It is always great to see folks achieve an understanding and decide to make a change in what they are doing to keep water cleaner for all of us. I look forward to the many opportunities I have to raise awareness about our watershed. Have a great winter! Beth’s Corner programs and decide which will fit into their lesson plans. We are also exploring online scheduling options. Program success has allowed us to expand our focus, but limited physical space is proving challenging. We have the best program in the state, and my goal is to make it better even with our existing space confinements. We are excited about all 2014 holds. Merry Christmas to everyone. -Dr. Jack Turner Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle at Christmastime and throughout the Year “Talkin’ Trash” is one of the Watershed Ecology Center’s sixthgrade programs. Students enjoy working with our Enviroscape Landfill model to get an in-depth look at how a landfill is designed and operates. National averages show that each person generates between 3.2 to 4 pounds of trash each day. That equals approximately 1,200 to 1,400 pounds of trash per person per year. Students also participate in a Project Learning Tree activity entitled “A Peek at Packaging.” By examining different items with various types of packaging, they determine how product wrappings and coverings affect us as consumers. They experiment with different products to see which ones could be sold with very little to no packaging at all. These activities help students realize the importance of buying recycled products and products made of recycled materials. These types of programs help students discover the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling solid waste as sensible alternatives to landfilling. Recycling alone saves natural resources, energy, landfill spaces, creates jobs, and also helps reduce litter. Christmas is a good time, not just for the students, but for all of us to think about packaging and wrapping. When wrapping a gift, think about the boxes, bags, papers, ribbons, and bows and how they can contribute to holiday waste and how you can prevent it. Also, be sure to recycle the Christmas tree. Don’t throw it in the lake because chemicals from the tree can leach out and harm the water. Give the perfect gift to the planet by reducing, reusing, and recycling as much as possible.


WEC Newsletter W13
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