Cindy Busche, WaterShed Education Program Manager and a Project WET Coordinator in Southwest Idahoby
The Boise WaterShed Environmental Education Center teamed up with the Boise office of Carollo Engineers, Inc. to offer a water festival for families in honor of the Project WET host institution’s 10-year anniversary. More than 200 people celebrated clean water while participating in engineering activities such as hydraulic rockets, pipe mazes, filter-building and water testing. A river of cupcakes and face painting added to the festivities. Visitors toured the ‘chocolate river’ at the Water Renewal Facility and learned how used water gets cleaned before being discharged to the Boise River.
The event culminated in a hike to the river to release young rainbow trout that had been raised through the Trout in the Classroom program. The event activities raised awareness that clean water builds healthy communities and strong economies. Water careers were highlighted as fifteen Carollo Engineering staff led the activities. Plans to make this an annual event are in the works.