to Kid's Corner. Where you can get the story on stormwater
pollution, and learn why our creeks, bays and ocean
get polluted. Discover what you and your friends can
do to help prevent pollution, and how to play it safe,
in your neighborhood and at the beach.
Stormwater pollution happens because dirty water contaminated
with stuff like trash, cigarette butts and dog poop,
goes from the street into our creeks, bays and the ocean.
This dirty water flows through storm drains, so it's
called stormwater pollution. See if you know some of
these other important stormwater words:
WAYS TO BE STORMWATER SMART
away from storm drains at the beach.
swim in front of or near a storm drain
away from puddles or pools of water near storm drains.
a break from swimming or surfing for at least 3
days after it rains, when stuff from the street
gets washed into the ocean.
pour anything into the street or a catch basin.
It ends up in the ocean.
up after your pet when you walk him (or her).
litter. It trashes the beach.
are lots of ways to learn more about stormwater
pollution. Tell your parents and teachers about
these great programs. You can discover new things
about your neighborhood that you probably never
knew before, and even do some cool things to help
prevent water pollution.
County's water education programs:
Municipal Water District of Orange County offers a variety
of education programs available to local schools, to
help kids learn more about water and water pollution.
A guest speaker can visit your classroom or school assembly.
School education programs include presentations, skits
and programs to help teachers incorporate water education
into the classroom. For more information, please call (714) 913-5012.
and slogan contest:
The Water District has a poster and slogan contest every
year for kids, kindergarten through 6th grade. The winning
entries go in a calendar that is sent to every classroom
teacher in Orange County elementary schools. Contest
winners, their families and teachers win prizes and
are honored at an awards ceremony and ice cream social.
and high school programs:
The Water District has programs designed just for
junior and high school students. Mad Science is a fun,
live theatre presentation. Guest speakers are available,
and instruction programs focus on a variety of water
issues. Contact Beverly Crowe, Water District Education
Coordinator, at (714) 593-5017, or email@example.com,
for more information.
The EnviroScape ® is a cool way to learn about stormwater
pollution. It is a portable, interactive educational
table top model that demonstrates the sources of non-point
source pollution and how it can affect our waterways.
It is a hands-on education and communication tool, effective
for all ages, and allows participants to relate water
pollution sources in their communities to the impacts
on our creeks, bays and ocean. Interested in having
one of the models at a public event or educational class?
Call the Orange County Stormwater Program at (714) 567-6363,
or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kid power can prevent stormwater pollution. It happens
every day. Kids like you, making a real difference,
by volunteering for activities and events that help
keep our channels, creeks, bays and ocean clean. If
you want to dive into one of the many opportunities
there are to volunteer, visit our links or the volunteer
information on the County's Watershed Division web site.
From beach and park cleanups to nature walks, wildlife
protection programs, water quality monitoring and more,
there's always something going on in your community.
Check it out.
learn more about stormwater pollution:
Ocean Begins at Your Front Door
more information, call the County of Orange
Stormwater Section at (714) 567-6363.