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EPA Outdoor Classroom to Help Science Students Test Stream and Celebrate World Water Monitoring Day, Oct. 18

Release Date: 10/17/2006
Contact Information: Martin Kessler, 913-551-7236, 816-590-6337 (cell for event)

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(Kansas City, Kan., Oct. 17, 2006) – A team of EPA scientists will join about 40 advanced science students from Indian Hills Middle School in Prairie Village to test the water quality and examine the aquatic life in Brush Creek through hands-on activities, commemorating World Water Monitoring Day, October 18.

What:Outdoor environmental classroom

When:Wednesday, October 18
2:15 to 3:30 p.m.

Where:Schliffke Park along Brush Creek, Prairie Village, Kan.
(Directions and site map below.)

EPA scientists and instructor Hillary Mason will teach the students about the water chemistry of the stream as well as its biology, looking for certain animal species (such as fish and insects) that indicate stream health.

Students will also learn about the stream’s physical environment and habitats, and how various land uses and urban runoff can affect a watershed and the stream into which it drains. These lessons will be folded into the students’ normal curriculum.

World Water Monitoring Day, marking the 34th anniversary of the Clean Water Act, caps off a month-long monitoring effort when people throughout the world test the quality of their local watersheds and enter the results into an international database. (Visit

Directions: Take Mission Road to Tomahawk Road. The parking lot for Schliffke Park is just north of the intersection on the east side. The boat ramp at the south end of the park provides access to the creek.

Map of Event Site

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