The Twin Cities Metro Children's Water Festival of Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota will receive the prestigious Public Education Award from the Water Environment Federation (WEF), a not-for-profit technical and educational organization of water quality professionals. The award will be presented during ceremonies at WEFTEC.06—the Federation's 79th annual technical exhibition and conference.
The purpose of the Twin Cities Metro Children's Water Festival is to educate fifth-grade students about water resources and to present ways they can help ensure a future where both the quantity and quality of water resources are protected and managed wisely. Held annually since 1998, the festival is designed to provide students with hands-on opportunities to learn about water and its importance to people and our natural environment including how scientists measure water quality, where the wastewater goes from their homes, how insects can serve as indicators of water quality, the importance of wetlands, and basic water science.
The Public Education Award recognizes significant accomplishments in promoting awareness and understanding of the water environment issues among the general public, through the development and implementation of public education programs.