The sixth annual Water Festival/Earth Day is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday [April 23] at East Central University. The event is co-sponsored by ECU, the City of Ada and the US-EPA's Robert S. Kerr Environmental Research Center.
The purpose of Water Festival/Earth Day is to focus on the importance of water to society and local communities. Activities include hands-on and visual demonstrations of water and environment-related issues. Activities will be located on the west lawn and plaza areas.
Various speakers and films on water issues will be presented throughout the day in room 106 of the Physical and Environmental Sciences Building.
"The Environmental Health Science Department looks forward to co-hosting this program every year," said ECU professor and event co-founder Dr. Guy Sewell. "It really gives our students and faculty a chance to speak to area students about the importance of water to our daily lives and how that resource should be protected and managed."
Earth day t-shirts and hotdogs can be purchased with proceeds going to the Environmental Health Sciences Club. During last year's festival, sales raised more than $400 for the club.
An estimated 400 area K-12 and ECU students attend the festival annually.
Questions about the 2009 Water Festival/Earth Day activities can be directed to Sewell at 580-559-5547 or Dr. Randall Ross, US-EPA, 580-436-8611.
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