River City Water Festival on 3/25
March 14, 2017
The third annual River City Water Festival, a community festival celebrating the Grand River and its role in shaping the city of Grand Rapids, was held Saturday, March 25 at the Grand Rapids Public Museum from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The free event was sponsored by the Groundswell initiative through the College of Education's Center for Educational Partnerships in collaboration with the West Michigan Environmental Action Council (WMEAC). The festival featured hands-on, educational activities designed to engage participants about the need to protect water resources. Participants were able to learn how small actions at home can make a big difference in the quality of the Grand River.
Festival activities were led by the Annis Water Resources Institute, the Blandford Nature Center, John Ball Zoo, Plaster Creek Stewards, the City of Grand Rapids Environmental Services Department, Kent Conservation District, Macatawa Area Coordinating Council, and more.
An awards ceremony was also held to honor the top three winners of the Water Superhero Poster Contest that was open to area 5th, 6th and 7th grade students. The grand prize went to Jolene Barcelo, a 5th grade student at Grand Rapids Montessori. The top 20 posters were on display at the museum during the festival.
Financial support for the event came from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency through the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, as well as the College of Education.
For more information visit http://groundswellmi.org/river-city-water-festival .
Story originally posted on GVSU's homepage news at http://www.gvsu.edu/gvnow/2017/river-city-water-festival-celebrates-role-of-grand-9865.htm . For more information on this story, contact Dottie Barnes in University Communications - 616-331-2221 .