Elementary students learn about water pollution

CRAIG COUNTY – The Mountain Castles Soil and Water Conservation District conducted a program at McCleary Elementary School in October, teaming up with Craig County 4-H, to teach fourth and fifth graders at McCleary about watersheds and ground water protection.

Erica Moore, education coordinator for the district, brought the “environscape” to demonstrate the effect of pollution, both point and non-point, on the local water water supply.

Erica Moore of Mountain Castles Soil and Water Conservation District works with McCleary Elementary students through 4-H as kids add pollutants to the "environscape" to demonstrate causes of water pollution. 4-H photo

Students were given a chance to interact with the display during a hands-on activity. Several types of maps supplied by 4-H were used to explain Virginia watersheds. The maps included: Watersheds of Virginia, a local topographic map, and a raised relief map.

– By Sally Farrell, acting 4-H Extension Agent