FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MAY 6, 2015
Contact: Nicole Rosenleaf Ritter | Communications Manager | Project WET Foundation | (p) 406-585-4115 | (m) 406-570-9540
BOZEMAN, Mont. — Children ages eight to twelve can explore the waters of Lake Tahoe in a new activity booklet created by the Project WET Foundation and funded by the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP). Field tested by educators and students, vetted by scientists and Lake Tahoe experts and correlated to Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards, “Discover the Waters of Lake Tahoe” addresses the fascinating water science of this unique and important lake on the border of California and Nevada.
“Lake Tahoe is one of Nevada’s most valued resources,” NDEP Administrator Collen Cripps said. “The Lake Tahoe Children’s Activity Booklet was supported by NDEP to raise awareness of the issues that threaten Lake Tahoe, to promote responsible stewardship of this international treasure and inform residents and visitors that the choices they make have the potential to affect the health of the Lake. Every individual who visits the Tahoe Basin, and the area around it, plays an important role in restoring, conserving and protecting the Lake and the watershed that surrounds it.”
“Lake Tahoe is a crown jewel of the West,” said Dennis Nelson, president and CEO of the Project WET Foundation. “We appreciate the chance to work with the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection to educate children about this vitally important body of water.”
The 16-page, full-color, illustrated booklet has seven interactive, educational activities that provide an overview of the Lake Tahoe Basin and Truckee River Watershed as well as outline the area’s human history. The impact of climate change is also covered, as are the many uses of Lake Tahoe’s waters, Lake Tahoe’s extraordinary clarity and aquatic invasive species. The booklet offers an overall focus on actions children can take to protect Lake Tahoe’s clear blue waters.
About the Project WET Foundation: Since 1984, the Project WET Foundation has been dedicated to reaching children, parents, teachers and community members with action-oriented water education to enable every child to understand and value water, ensuring a sustainable future. Project WET ("WET" stands for "Water Education for Teachers") is active in all 50 U.S. states and more than 65 countries worldwide.