El Monte students learn water conservation [San Gabriel Valley Tribune (CA)]
San Gabriel Valley Tribune (CA), 2014-02-20
EL MONTE >> When it comes to saving the Earth's resources for future generations, oil and the environment rank high on the list of priorities. But as public officials consider the state's current water crisis and drought conditions, a group of elementary students at La Primaria Elementary School in El Monte are learning about the importance of water conservation.
A few dozen students gathered recently to review some of the lessons learned in the after-school program offered by Discovery Science Center and THINK Together, in partnership with the Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District.
"Teaching somebody how to conserve water in the most basic simple ways is the No. 1 way to save water," Upper District Director Bryan Urias said. "And then being able to teach children from fourth-, fifth- to sixth-graders, it ingrains it in their mind to be able to get this process started early at an early age where they'll have a lifetime of knowledge of water conservation, and then they go home and share it with their parents."
The students learned about the merits of taking a five-minute shower rather than a bath, with THINK Together program learning assistant Ericka Rios-Streitz estimating a savings of 9,125 gallons of water per year. The students also participated in a hands-on experiment to look at the process of erosion.
"This Valley is a huge watershed, from the San Gabriel Mountains to the San Gabriel River," which runs next to the school site, explained Toby Gant, director of environmental education at the Discovery Science Center. "A lot of this program focuses on teaching students about keeping our local water quality clean and keeping pollutants out of the water."
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