2011 Aquatic Education Trailer Program
As development increases within the watershed, the issues we must address to protect this valuable resource increase as well. This includes not only flood control, but issues facing surface and ground water, drinking water, storm water run-off, and point/ non-point source pollution which are becoming a greater threat to water quality in both urban and rural areas.
The Muskingum Soil and Water Conservation District works actively with landowners, students, farmers, educators and local communities to increase education on issues including soil erosion, drainage, rain garden design and wildlife damage. They and their partners work to explain not just the issues facing soil and water resources but also the best methods of perserving those vital resources.
The MSWCD has been working with the Coshocton, Perry and Guernsey SWCD's, the City of Zanesville and Zane State College to design and construct an interactive, mobile aquatic education trailer that can be taken to schools, parks and public events. They have also consulted with the Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal.
The trailer was donated by Zane State College. Total cost of design and development of the exhibit is projected at $89,980.58, of which MWCD will provide an assistance grant of $50,000.
Total project cost: $89,980
Requested Grant: $50,000
Awarded Grant: $50,000
The aquatic education trailer will be used in many of the MSWCD K-12 classroom education programs, during field days, camps, local county fairs, Earth Day celebrations, the Paul Bunyan Show and many other public events. It will also be available to their partner organizations for use throughout the Muskingum River Watershed.
A 2011 PWM grant was approved by the Board of Directors on April 22, 2011.
Update: The theme of the project will be water quality with emphasis on aquatic ecosystems, point/ non-point pollution, water conservation and pollution prevention. Plans include interactive exhibits and areas for live animals such as amphibians and small fish.
This project is now complete, and the photo album has been updated.