"Learning about Storm Runoff"

By KBJR News 1

"Learning about Storm Runoff"

August 4, 2010 Updated Aug 4, 2010 at 3:16 PM CDT

Posted by Jeff Edmondson

Lakes, rivers, and streams around the Northland may appear to be a clean source of water, but appearances can be deceiving.In this week's Your Green Life report Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson visits a local school where the next generation is learning about keeping our water clean.

The Northland abounds with sparkling rivers, pretty streams and beautiful lakes. But while these sources of fresh water can look pristine many of them are contaminated by road salts, dirt and other chemicals.

They are a resource worth protecting and much of that pollution can be prevented. The City of Duluth has created an initiative to spread the word through public education on how to keep our environment healthy.

"We speak to dozens of schools each year about storm water education, what is storm water, pollution prevention, techniques the students can use," said Chris Kleist.

Speakers recently visited Homecroft Elementary School to teach Kindergarten students about the water cycle and where the water goes when it rains.

"Once it hits the surface, what happens to it? Does it flow down the street carrying sand and salts with it, does it take gravel into a storm sewer. And what can they do to help keep the water cleaner," says Todd Carlson.

With the snow melting across the Northland the rivers are running high, and the concentration of road salt can be lethal to the trout in northland streams. Other times of the year chemicals in fertilizers can become a problem.

"Almost every week we are into classrooms talking to kids," said Chris Kleist.

Speakers believe it's critical to reach out to the Northland's young people to begin a life–long stewardship for the environment. For Your Green Life... Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson, The Northlands Newscenter.

If you're interested in arranging a talk for your group or school, contact the city of Duluth: