[ADEQ Media] ADEQ Plans Water Quality Testing Event for Snowflake Students at Silver Creek as part of Earth Month Activities
Wed Apr 6 14:07:30 MST 2011
PHOENIX (April 6, 2011) - Arizona Department of Environmental Quality
officials announced today that the agency will sponsor a water quality
testing event at two sites on Silver Creek for about 60 fourth- and
fifth-grade students from Snowflake from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Friday,
April 15 as part of ADEQ's statewide activities conducted during Earth
The students, from Snowflake Intermediate School, will be divided into
groups and given kits to test for pH balance, temperature, dissolved
oxygen and turbidity in the water. After the water quality testing is
completed, the students will be taken for a tour at Arizona Game and
Fish Department's hatchery at Silver Creek.
The event also is being conducted during activities throughout April
surrounding Earth Day on April 22. ADEQ staff will be participating in
16 events around the state.
"Watershed events like this in the Snowflake-Taylor area and throughout
the state increase environmental awareness and help students of all ages
protect public health year-round," ADEQ Director Henry Darwin said.
ADEQ has spearheaded numerous initiatives to protect children's health
including a school bus idling reduction program which now has more than
700 schools in the state participating. The agency also has a school
flag program that communicates daily air quality conditions at school
districts in Maricopa and Pinal counties as well as a daily wind
forecast for Yuma County.
Also, underground storage tanks at numerous school sites around the
state have been evaluated and leaks cleaned up and assistance has been
rendered to assist schools in controlling pests and using responsible
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