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Middle school students will probably get a little muddy on Huff Run field trip

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Middle school students will get muddy during the annual Huff Run field trip.

The Huff Run Watershed Restoration Partnership (HRWRP) is hosting four Awareness Days Field Trips in May for about 500 students from four local schools.  The students will experience Huff Run and have the opportunity to conduct water quality tests, tour one of the restoration projects, collect aquatic bugs and fish and learn more about the acid mine drainage pollution that has heavily impacted the Huff Run Watershed.  The Awareness Days Program has been an annual program at Huff Run for over 14 years.

Field trips are: Bowerston Elementary School, May 10; Sandy Valley Middle School, May 18; Bell-Herron Middle School, Carrollton, May 22; and Tusky Valley Middle School, May 24. Huff Run AmeriCorps member Teresa Arey visited each of the four schools at least once to give the students an introduction on the Huff Run Watershed.

Volunteers from Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Carroll and Tuscarawas County Soil and Water offices, Tuscarawas County Health Department, Rural Action, local township trustees and HRWRP members will assist with the Awareness Days.  Funding for the 2012 Awareness Days comes from the Muskingum Watershed Conservation District’s Partners in Watershed Management Grant.  Donations were made to sponsor volunteer lunches for each of the field trips. 

The Huff Run Watershed Restoration Partnership is a nonprofit citizen’s group committed to restoring the Huff Run Watershed by improving water quality and enhancing wildlife habitat, through community support and involvement. If you would like to volunteer for the Awareness Days events or want to learn more, contact Huff Run AmeriCorps member Teresa Arey at teresa@ruralaction.org or visit www.huffrun.org.

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