Albany water festival kicks off three day event

Hundreds of children will learn about the value of water, officials say.

ALBANY, Ga. — A group of local environmental and educational groups has partnered to help educate local youth about the importance and value of something many rarely think of: water.

Whether it’s learning about erosion and runoff or learning how animals use water to survive, hundreds of school-aged children will be given information about conservancy of the world’s most abundant, and yet threatened, natural resource.


2011 Water Festival

Melissa Martin from the Flint RiverQuarium talks about the 2011 Water Festival going on this week.

Melissa Martin from the Flint RiverQuarium talks about the 2011 Water Festival going on this week.

“One thing a lot of people just don’t understand is that there is no more water. The water we’re drinking today was here when the dinosaurs ruled the Earth,” Keep Albany-Dougherty Beautiful Director Judy Bowles said.

KADB, along with the Georgia Water Planning and Policy Council and the Flint RiverQuarium, is hosting the event, which kicked off Tuesday and will run through Thursday. Now in its eighth year, the three-day event uses 10 stations to focus attention on issues designed to help educate and entertain students.

Melissa Martin with the RiverQuarium said the event gives her facility the honor of opening its doors to hundreds of children participating in the program, exposing them to everything the RiverQuarium has to offer.


Jackie Entz from Chehaw lets students from Martin Luther King Jr., Elementary School pet an alligator during her discussion of how animals use water Tuesday.

“This is a great opportunity for us to show these children how big an impact water has on our daily lives,” Martin said.

The programs are open to the public and run continuously throughout the day, beginning at 9 a.m. and ending at 2 p.m. each day.


Gabrielblows 4 years, 2 months ago

The comment quoted by Judy Bowles is false. The world's atmosphere and constantly changing weather is "creating" new water all of the time. The ideas that some eviornmentalists put forth in the name of science would be humorous if people didn't take them so seriously.


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