Inyo students get drought education

– Press release

Inyo County Schools on the Forefront of Drought Education with New Water Awareness Campaign

When Governor Jerry Brown issued California’s first-ever, statewide, mandatory restriction on water use on April 1, 2015 calling for a 25% reduction in potable water use, Inyo Schools realized that they needed to help educate their 2500 students with a drought education program for all students Pre-kindergarten thru high school.

Inyo School Superintendent Terry McAteer said, "50% of our youth do not have internet connection at home."

Terry McAteer

“We have an obligation to assist in this drought and the most important aspect is educating our youth to become better stewards of our water and help educate their family into conservation,” said County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Terry McAteer

The campaign, targeting all Inyo County students from kindergarten through twelfth grades, consists of two programs: a Water Detective awareness program for K-4 and a science curriculum for grades 5-12.

Middle and high school students start with a quiz to assess what they already know about local and statewide water use. They will also be encouraged to use figures from the U.S. Census Bureau and the 2013 Bishop Water Rate Study to calculate how much water would be saved each day in Inyo County if we were to match Governor Brown’s call for 25% reductions in water use. Students will then generate and share lists of ways they can personally conserve water.

Countywide Science Coordinator Kerry Lozito developed the curriculum for grades 5-12 in cooperation with local science teachers and agency specialists including Bob Harrington, Director of the Inyo County Water Department; Dave Grah, Director of the City of Bishop Public Works; Dustin Blakey, Director of Inyo-Mono U.C. Cooperative Extension; and Mark Drew, Sierra Headwaters Regional Director for California Trout and the Director of Inyo-Mono Integrated Regional Water Management Plan.

“The main goal of the curriculum is to motivate and empower young people to take action in the face of California’s current water crisis,” said Superintendent McAteer.

The Pre-K through 4th grade Water Detective program has the same goal, but has tailored the message to the younger group with a fun visit from “Water Detective Chief” Mitzi Eilts, who teaches the children why water is important and the role they play in saving it.

After the children participate in the presentation, they are given kits—that include an assortment of items ranging from fun, Water Detective I.D. cards, badges and magnifying glasses to more educational activity books—and a simple, yet powerful, mission: detect ways to save water and encourage others to do the same.

McAteer wished to congratulate his staff in meeting tight timelines to get this program into every classroom before the end of the school year. He commended Staff member Annie Blakey for coordinating the entire project.

 

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Low-Inyo
Low-Inyo
6 years ago

Rick O’brien….Welcome to the internet….Just the way it is for LOTS of people…With my comment above,probably a bit negative,but also …IMO….truthful…kinda like Ken Warner points out…The rich and elite live by different standards,and are allowed to do so.The ones that will suffer the most from all this,is the middle-class,lower middle-class… Read more »

Rick O'Brien
Rick O'Brien
6 years ago

These are ALL positive comments, yet there are always 1 or 2 negatives….totally un-necessary thumbs down, on the comments. On EVERY story ! There could be an article that a cure for cancer has been found and this person would dump on it ! What a pleasure it must be… Read more »

hopeful
hopeful
6 years ago

Sure, it sounds good, and it is a good idea, but how do we know they will be teaching our children actual facts and truth? I have a hard time trusting our goverment and or our education system. In my opinion, more often than not, schools are used to brainwash.… Read more »

Philip Anaya
Philip Anaya
6 years ago

I hope that this great program can lead to many beneficial results like students, one day seeking careers both in the sciences and natural resource administration . The program with cooperative efforts of Federal , State and County Agencies including the DWP could evolve into internships ,the development of Cerro… Read more »

Rosie D.
Rosie D.
6 years ago

When we were kids on the farm in Mo, my grandma would get water from an old barrel that caught rain water if we were lucky to get any rain. We had an old well that we depended on for cooking and drinking. we had no in door plumbing. When… Read more »

Mark
Mark
6 years ago

Show them how water will flow up hill towards money.

Michael Prather
Michael Prather
6 years ago

Thank you ICOE for responding to realtime issues here in Inyo County. Water is an issue all around our planet and will only become more critical in the future. Students and all citizens must learn the facts, presented accurately, in order to not fall victim to rumors and conspiracies. The… Read more »

Low-Inyo
Low-Inyo
6 years ago

Maybe show the students what NOT to do…show them pictures of the SoCal freeway-watering,the big green,lush lawns at the L.A. mansions with sprinklers going at noon,and those THOUSANDS of swimming pools the movie stars and elite get to fill and use while we’re watching our lawns and plants die here… Read more »

Ken Warner
Ken Warner
6 years ago
Reply to  Low-Inyo

Low-Inyo: You don’t get it. The rich live to different standards than us.