Water Awareness Month Kicks Off


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    May 5, 2009: (Santa Rosa, CA) The Sonoma County Water Agency marks May as Water awareness Month by conducting its annual Water Awareness Poster Contest, sponsoring the Russian River Watershed Association’s Student Video Contest and cleaning creeks in Sonoma County.

    This year’s poster contest, which is conducted in 3rd and 4th grade classes within SCWA’s service area, is themed “We’re planting ideas to save water!” Some of the posters will be used in SCWA’s Water Education Program calendar. All posters may be viewed during the month of May at SCWA’s Public Library, located in the SCWA Administration Office at 404 Aviation Blvd, Santa Rosa.

    SCWA and the Russian River Watershed Association sponsor a video contest for high school students in honor of Water Awareness Month. The focus topic for this year's contest is residential water conservation. Cash awards are split between the students who create the winning video and the high school they attend. The winning videos are then used as public service announcements and as educational outreach materials. Winning videos will be placed on SCWA’s Web site at the end of this month.

    On Friday, May 15 about 100 school children from the Expeditionary Learning Program at Mountain Shadows Middle School in Rohnert Park will be working with Sonoma County Supervisor Mike Kerns and Rohnert Park Councilman Jake Mackenzie to weed, plant and clear trash from the banks of Copeland Creek. As part of the program, the students will learn the important role of creek habitat in a healthy watershed. Outreach to school and community groups is an important part of SCWA’s stream maintenance and restoration program.

    Water awareness is crucial this year as storage levels in Lake Mendocino remain critically low and water supplies are reduced by 25 percent in Sonoma County and 50 percent in Mendocino County. To help increase water awareness, SCWA is participating in a statewide public education program called Save Our Water urging Californians to do their part to conserve water. The program features a new consumer-oriented Web site, www.saveourH2O.org, with information about the state’s water challenges and tips for saving water indoors and outdoors. Despite recent rains, Lake Mendocino remains at only 60 percent full. Water storage in the state’s major reservoirs also remains low. Lake Oroville, the key reservoir for the State Water Project, is at just 58% of capacity and is projected to drop to record low levels by fall.

    Water-related events are planned throughout the state in May as part of Water Awareness Month. More information is available at www.water.ca.gov and www.wateraware.org.

    Sonoma County Water Agency provides water supply, flood protection and sanitation services for portions of Sonoma and Marin counties. Visit us on the Web at www.sonomacountywater.org.

    Brad Sherwood 707.547.1927
    Cell Phone: 707.322.8192


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