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Fun and learning at the Sammamish Watershed Festival, May 15-17

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More than 600 area fourth-graders are expected to take part in the 18th annual Sammamish Watershed Festival at King County’s Brightwater Education Center, May 15-17.

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More than 600 area fourth-graders are expected to take part in the 18th annual Sammamish Watershed Festival at King County’s Brightwater Education Center, May 15-17.

Festival presenters will offer students in the Lake Washington, Northshore and Issaquah School Districts a day of hands-on learning opportunities about the area’s water supply and watersheds.

Students will be introduced to Pacific Northwest Native cultures through a dancing and drumming ceremony, then rotate through a number of water education stations to observe how “pollution” (actually green and red Kool-Aid and cocoa) affects surface waters.

Students will also carry their own water to gain an appreciation for the convenience of indoor taps. A “Hooks and Ladders” exercise will give students a salmon’s perspective on life spent facing a gauntlet of dams, floods, predators and other environmental challenges.

Festival sponsors include: Northshore Utility District; City of Bothell; Sammamish Plateau Water and Sewer District; City of Redmond; Nature Vision; IslandWood; Woodinville Water District; King County Wastewater Treatment Division; and the Northeast Sammamish Sewer and Water District. In addition, speakers from Triangle Associates, King County Solid Waste, King County Noxious Weed Control, and Mountains to Sound Greenway are presenting at the Festival.

To learn more about the event, please contact Brightwater Center Director Susan Tallarico at 206-255-8663 or susan.tallarico@kingcounty.gov.

People enjoy clean water and a healthy environment because of King County's wastewater treatment program. The county’s Wastewater Treatment Division protects public health and water quality by serving 17 cities, 17 local sewer districts and more than 1.5 million residents in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties. Formerly called Metro, the regional clean-water agency now operated by King County has been preventing water pollution for nearly50 years.

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