[ADEQ Media] ADEQ Plans Water Quality Testing Event for Gila Valley Students at Discovery Park as part of Earth Month Activities
Mon Apr 11 13:50:39 MST 2011
PHOENIX (April 11, 2011) - Arizona Department of Environmental Quality
officials announced today that the agency will sponsor a water quality
testing event at Eastern Arizona College's Discovery Park Campus in
Safford for 130 Safford and Pima fifth-grade students from 9 a.m. until
1 p.m. on Thursday, April 21 as part of ADEQ's statewide activities
conducted during Earth Month.
The students, from Dorothy Stinson Elementary School in Safford and Pima
Elementary School, will be divided into groups and given kits to test
for pH balance, temperature, dissolved oxygen and turbidity in the
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.
"Water monitoring events like this in the Gila River Valley area and
throughout the state increase environmental awareness and help students
of all ages protect public health year-round," ADEQ Director Henry
"EAC Discovery Park Campus is proud to host ADEQ in celebrating Earth
Day and the importance of protecting and conserving our natural
resources," said Paul R. Anger, director of EAC Discovery Park Campus.
"We are excited to join with our educational outreach partners and share
a variety of fun hands-on activities like water quality testing,
protecting endangered species, recycling, discovering microscopic pond
life, and understanding environmental concerns. Most importantly, we are
looking forward to promoting an interest in the sciences with our
greatest natural resource, our youth."
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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