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Grants Keep Water Education in Temecula, Murrieta Classrooms

Twenty-four grants and nearly $15,000 awarded to local educators

Western Municipal Water District's 2013 Lois B. Krieger Water Project Grants for Educators have been awarded, and 24 teachers from throughout western Riverside County will now have the resources they need to keep water education in the classroom. These grants are an important part of water education as most of the classroom projects would not be possible without the grants, which range from $360 to a maximum of $700.

This year, Western received a record number of entries and awarded as many projects as possible, spanning from Temecula up to Jurupa Valley and from kindergarten through twelfth-grade. While projects from new applicants are always submitted, there are also several teachers who year-after-year make water education a priority and apply for the Krieger Grant program.

The Murrieta- and Temecula-area grant recipients are:

Cathleen Hansen, Thompson Middle School, Murrieta, "How Clean is Our Stream"

Judith Howell, Thompson Middle School, Murrieta, "How Clean is Our Stream"

Gabriela Luebeck, Thompson Middle School, Murrieta, "How Clean is Our Stream"

David Marrett, Murrieta Valley High School, Murrieta, "Native Plant Nursery"

Chris Scolinos, Thompson Middle School, Murrieta, "Water & Ancient Egypt"

Carrie Burdick-Rutz, Great Oak High School, Temecula, "Drips and Drops for Each Seed"

Nancy Windus, Temecula Middle School, Temecula, "Thirsty Plants"

“The commitment from these teachers who inspire their students to learn more about water is truly what the Krieger Project Grants are about,” shared the members of Western’s Community and Government Affairs Committee, Directors Brenda Dennstedt and S.R. “Al” Lopez. “For the majority of these teachers, they wouldn’t be able to conduct their water lessons without the funding.”

Western’s grant program is named in honor of Lois B. Krieger, who served on Western’s Board of Directors for 25 years and was also the first female chairperson for the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. She is a true pioneer in the water industry, and her contributions to the water field continue to inspire teachers and students throughout Riverside County and beyond.

—News release submitted by Western Municipal Water District. Read the full release here.

Mary Beth Marple February 22, 2013 at 11:10 AM
The "water education' grants sponsor a barrage of misinformation that has been locking Californians into acceptance of a wholly unnecessary service, water importation, for more than half a century. The conflict of iterest is obvious when MWD and local water district managers perpetuate theiir jobs by fooling the public into believing that water importation is necesssary. In fact this region receives more than ten times as much rainwater as it uses but spends billions yearly to dump this to the ocean. It would cost less than a tenth of the cost of stormdrains-dams-levees-importation facilties to guide as much rainwater to storage as needed by all households. Competent teachers and parents would be helping their chidren discover the true costs and benefits of managing rainwater wisely so that we do not see yet another generation of fools elected to continue the mismanagement of our rainfall.

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