Idaho Water Awareness Week

A CELEBRATION OF YOUTH AND WATER

May 2nd – 6th, 2016

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What do the following have in common?

  • Water
  • Idaho
  • 10,000 students and their teachers
  • a week in May
  • More than 12 businesses and organizations

Idaho Water Awareness Week!

Culminating one week each May, fourth through sixth grade students throughout Idaho participate in educational activities and celebrate the importance of water in their lives.

MISSION

Provide water education for elementary school students in Idaho.

VISION

Non-profit, non-partisan, collaborative effort to ensure Idaho’s students understand water and water-related issues, preparing them to make informed choices for clean, abundant water in the future.

GOALS

  1. Annually provide water education materials (student folder, workbook, Idaho information, and participation certificate) to Idaho students in grades 4, 5 and 6.
  2. Provide additional water-related educational outreach activities for Idaho students. These may include field trips, water festivals, service learning projects, educational videos, lectures, presentations, and classroom activities.
  3. Provide additional water-related educational opportunities for teachers in 4th – 6th grades to enhance Water Awareness Week programs and use of program materials.

Water is the lifeblood of Idaho, from agricultural activities in southern Idaho to mining and timber in central and northern Idaho, our many industries and recreational opportunities rely on water. Each day, we turn on the tap and rarely think about where our drinking water comes from or what is needed to be certain it is clean and healthy. Many of us celebrate water in our leisure time by skiing, boating or fishing. We have a direct connection with water every day and often take it for granted.

Water Awareness Week is a celebration and recognition of the importance of water in our lives. The week-long activities and curriculum provide a foundation for our sixth grade students about water use and management. The curriculum and associated program activities prepare them for the decisions they will make about water usage in Idaho in the future.

Water Awareness Week began in the Boise School District in 1993 and has grown from a pilot project in Boise with 2,400 students to a statewide effort for nearly 10,000 students. The program provides educational information on the uses of water, water conservation techniques, water management, and the importance of water in Idaho. The program does not advocate issues.

The program is a cooperative effort of more than a dozen sponsors including businesses and local, state, and federal government agencies. These organizations are located throughout Idaho and assist with the regional planning teams that bring the program to students in the six regions of the state. City sponsors include Boise and Chubbuck with many other cities, counties, and local governmental organizations assisting in their area with the program. Local community support and involvement are critical to the program’s success and the understanding the students will have about water issues in Idaho. The multi-organizational support for Water Awareness Week is the strength and foundation for the success of the program.

For more information about the program contact Catherine Chertudi, Environmental Programs Manager, city of Boise Public Works Department, P.O. Box 500, Boise ID 83701-0500; cchertudi@cityofboise.org or by phone: (208) 384-3901.

Our Mission: The Idaho Water Education Foundation is committed to providing the highest quality water education in Idaho. The volunteer Board of Directors reflects every aspect of water use and management in Idaho. Read More