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The Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association is announcing the start of their all new Watershed Academy. The pilot program developed for high school students entering grades 10-12, features an adventure into STEM principled sustainability education from July 6th to 10th, 9am–3pm.

Students will take an intensive look into stormwater management, green infrastructure, and have the opportunity to design their own rain garden system. The program features guest speakers, geographic information systems (GIS) exercises in their lab, and a water quality field study.

The Watershed Academy will be held at the newly unveiled Watershed Center for Environmental Advocacy, Science and Education. The Center’s innovative technologies will serve as tangible learning tools to inform design and results for stormwater models. Students will develop and utilize STEM skills as they examine the causes and measure the impacts of stormwater runoff on our streams and the environment. Community experts will engage the students as they examine a variety of solutions implemented here at the Watershed Center and at other community locations. Ultimately, students will apply this knowledge in order to alleviate this issue at one or more problem sites in the community by developing their own green infrastructure designs. The program will conclude with a presentation of methods, results, and recommendations to a panel of experts that will provide feedback to the students on their designs.

The Watershed Academy accommodates just 10 students in its first year so parents are encouraged to register their children early to reserve a spot.

“Our new Watershed Center strengthens our ability to change behaviors and inspire young minds,” said Jim Waltman, the Watershed Association’s Executive Director. “We promised to model our innovative strategies for conserving energy, water and the environment, with the intent to educate and advocate for the replication of these strategies. Our ultimate goal is to protect and restore clean water, to mitigate flooding, and avert the depletion of our groundwater aquifers. Teaching young adults how to recreate these important features will be a huge step toward future sustainable development. The Watershed Academy is our answer to that promise.”

To register, click this link.

About the Watershed Association: The Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association is a not-for-profit organization that protects the 265-square-mile region drained by the Stony Brook and Millstone River, spanning 25 towns and five counties. Founded in 1949, the Watershed Association is central New Jersey’s first environmental group. We protect clean water and the environment through conservation, advocacy, science and education.

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Mary Galioto is the founder, publisher and editor of MercerMe, and a lawyer. Originally from Brooklyn, Mary has progressively moved deeper and deeper into New Jersey, settling in the heart of the state: Mercer County. Formerly the author of an embarrassingly informal blog, Mary is a lifelong writer and asker of questions and was even mentioned, albeit briefly, in the New York Times and Washington Post. In her free time, Mary fills her life with excessive self-reflection, photographing mushrooms, and misguided adventures in random hobbies. Mary also works as the PR Coordinator at the Hopewell Valley Arts Council, serves on the volunteer Board of Trustees of the Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT), serves on the Hopewell Borough Board of Health, is a member of the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance, and holds the elected position as the Hopewell Borough Democratic Committee Municipal Chairwoman.

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