Inland Empire Utilities Agency's Water Education Programs
Welcome to Inland Empire Utilities Agency's (IEUA) Education Blog featuring up-to-date information on education programs and opportunities which focus on the environment and our most precious natural resource, WATER! IEUA provides various educational opportunities for the community including a free field trip program, bussing mini-grants, educator workshops, poster contests, educational grants, garden program, and much more!
Wally here! July is Smart Irrigation Month, so let's learn about the basics of irrigation together! Irrigation is a water supply that will travel through a channel to land and will help in the production of crops and other landscapes. These channels can come in a few different forms; such as, rivers, ditches, pipes, or drains. By using a smart irrigation system, you can use up to 20% less water than the traditional irrigation system! A smart irrigation system that you can use, is a smart controller. A smart controller allows you to set the time of day to water, length of water schedule, and the amount of water that is being distributed to your plants, grass or crops. Now that we know how to use smart irrigation techniques, let's put it into practice this upcoming month!
Did you know that yesterday, June 20th, was National Ice Cream Soda Day?! In honor of that day, my good friend Owlie did an awesome tutorial on how to make an Edible Aquifer. Use the link, down below, to see how an aquifer works, and make a yummy treat at the same time! Remember to stay cool and hydrated during these hot summer months!
Happy Summer to you all! Summer is the perfect time to continue to be water efficient. With that being said, I want to share one of my favorite water wise tips! Everyone loves the taste of freshly washed fruit, especially on a hot summer day. If you have a lot of fresh fruits or veggies to wash, fill a large bowl, or pot, with water and wash them in that water.
This eliminates the water waste that would happen if you were to run the water continuously for several minutes. Once you finish washing your fruits and veggies in the bowl of water, you can then use the remaining water to water your plants. This is a double whammy water saver!
If you have any water questions or tips you would like to share, don't hesitate to send them my way!
The Water Education Water Awareness Committee (WEWAC) presents the 22nd Annual Water Conservation Campaign - Broadcast Media and Digital Art Contest. The contest is open to 7th-12th grade students within the WEWAC service area. The objective of the contest is to increase awareness of the importance of water in local Southern California schools through creativity and imagination. Additionally, the contest is intended to enhance academic instruction by providing the opportunity for financial support to do creative classroom projects that might not otherwise be possible.
"Broadcast Media" submissions are those developed to facilitate the wireless distribution of audio and video content. Broadcast media must be either 28 or 58 seconds in length, and specifically focus on water conservation issues.
"Digital Art" submissions are those developed to be displayed as static or dynamic graphical content (e.g., digital boards, movie theater or sports stadium boards, internet ads, etc.). Entries must be created on a computer, must be in color, and must be submitted no less than 300 and no more than 500 ppi/dpi in JPG or PDF format. You may work from the scan of an original pencil sketch, but the final entry MUST be inked/colored in a digital imaging program such as Adobe Photoshop. Entries must be accompanied by a scanned copy of your original drawing sketch. This will prove that it is your work, and not downloaded from someone else's website.
The criteria used to judge submissions will include incorporation of water conservation issues, creativity, originality, informational content, accuracy of information, and production quality.
All entries must be postmarked or delivered by 5:00 PM, Thursday, March 9, 2017
FREE Funding Opportunity- Deadline is Friday, November 4th!
Water Education Water Awareness Committee (WEWAC) announces it's 2016-2017 EduBucks Program for up to $600. The grant is fairly simple to fill out and would be beneficial to any creative water-related activities you might be doing in your classroom.