, Newburyport, MA

April 16, 2013

Stormwater Faire for kids, families at refuge

Newburyport Daily News

---- — NEWBURYPORT — The Parker River National Wildlife Refuge will host a Stormwater Faire on April 27 at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Headquarters, 6 Plum Island Turnpike.

The event runs continuously from 9 a.m. to noon and is geared toward elementary school-age children and their parents. Youngsters will learn the importance of preventing trash and other pollutants from washing into the local waterways. About 70 percent of all water pollution now comes from stormwater runoff from streets and parking lots, and from trash to wash into lakes, streams, rivers and the ocean.

Sponsored jointly by the towns of Newbury and Rowley and the city of Newburyport, the event offers a fun way to learn the importance of protecting the waterways and respecting the creatures that live there. Participants earn a “Junior Clean Water Protector” badge.

Among the presenters and exhibitors are the Merrimack River Watershed Council, Parker River Clean Water Association, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Boat Camp Nature School and the Blue Ocean Society.

The free event is partial fulfillment of the terms of a federal USEPA permit to discharge stormwater into U.S. waters.