May 4, 2012
Contact: Kathy Grant, 209-327-2063, email@example.com
MOKELUMNE RIVER WATERSHED EDUCATION EVENING:
STORM DRAIN DETECTIVES PRESENT ’11-’12 WATER QUALITY DATA;
NEW! Mokelumne River Watershed User’s Guide, and
Guest Speaker-Karrie Reid- UC California Cooperative Extension-
“Good Gardening in Lodi!”
The City of Lodi’s Public Works Department is hosting a Watershed Education evening at the Lodi Public Library, 201 W. Locust St., Lodi, on Thursday, May 10, 2012, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the monthly Lodi Lake Nature Area Docents’ meeting. Throughout the evening, water conservation prizes will be awarded by raffle drawings. Tables will also be set up around the room with educational material for the public to peruse during breaks.
Join local high school students, the Storm Drain Detectives, who will present the 2011-2012 Mokelumne River water quality data they have been collecting since September through May from 5 Lodi river sites, twice monthly. Seventy students have collaborated with the City of Lodi’s Public Works Department to work as four teams, measuring the dissolved oxygen, turbidity, temperature, pH, nitrates and conductivity of the river’s water, above and below the city’s stormwater system. Students will explain what each parameter means, what the data has shown; finally hoping to explain how the city’s this year’s stormwater runoff has affected the river.
The Storm Drain Detectives program was initiated in 2001 using funds from a SWRCB fine to the city’s wastewater treatment plant as a way to bring water education to the Lodi public. For ten years, CALFED grants have supported the program, enhanced by city support. Today, the program helps meet the SWRCB’s requirement for public education and involvement for their stormwater permit.
Additionally, the May 10, 2012 Watershed Education evening will have available for the public copies of the new Lower Mokelumne River Watershed User’s Guide, a self-assessment resource tool developed by the Lower Mokelumne River Watershed Stewardship Committee through a grant awarded to the City of Lodi and the Lower Mokelumne River Watershed Stewardship Committee, of the San Joaquin Resource Conservation District.
Finally, the keynote speaker of the evening will be Kerrie Reid, UC Cooperative Extension Horticulture Advisor, who will end the evening with a presentation “Good Gardening in Lodi- River Friendly Practices”, which will help the homeowner make river and water conservation wise decisions in the garden.