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Sonoma County Water Education Program breaks ground for new building

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Sonoma County Water Education Program breaks ground for new building

Groundbreaking Celebration: New Home for Water Education Program

The Sonoma County Water Agency (Water Agency) will be holding a groundbreaking celebration for a new water education building on the west side of Wohler Bridge from 10-11:30 a.m. this Friday, November 14th.  Join Sonoma County Water Agency Directors and Sonoma County Supervisors Efren Carrillo and Mike McGuire at the celebration and to learn more about the Water Agency’s award winning Water Education Program.

The Water Education Program offers K-12 education to more than 220 schools in the Water Agency’s service area, including a 5th grade field program that includes a tour of the water supply system. The new building will replace an aging facility that is visited by close to 3,000 5th grade students every year.

“Young people are great ambassadors of water conservation. The field program teaches them why it’s important to save water at home – and, in turn, they teach their parents how to conserve,” said Water Agency Director Efren Carrillo. “The field program is a unique learning opportunity for students that is sought-out by the educational community in our service area.”

“This modern facility will enhance the experience we're able to provide to thousands of students every year by incorporating an amazing outdoor space, which is home to towering redwoods,” said Mike McGuire, Water Agency Director. “The new educational center will also host expanded exhibits which will highlight the Russian River watershed, its endangered fish species and all of the efforts to protect the river's ecosystem including the Water Agency's nationally recognized water conservation programs."

The program includes comments from Directors Carrillo and McGuire, North Marin Water District Director Dennis Rodoni (representing the Water Agency’s retail customers), Water Agency General Manager Grant Davis and Mark West School teacher Gary Graves. Activities include a tour of the building site, an opportunity to learn more about the Water Education Program from elected officials and program managers, participation in educational activities such as invertebrate viewing with microscopes, and light refreshments.

The facility will be located on Water Agency property behind the Maxwell Grove parking area. Maxwell Grove and the boat launch will be minimally affected by construction of the new facility. Construction equipment will use Wohler Road and Westside Road for access to the site, however construction will primarily be 20 to 30 yards from the road, minimizing traffic impacts.

EVENT DETAILS

Park at 9750 Wohler Road on the east side of Wohler Bridge, Shuttle across the bridge to the event (no parking is available on-site)

Parking, 9:30-9:45 a.m.

Program, 10:15 a.m.

Groundbreaking, 10:45 a.m.

Site tours & Invertebrate viewing, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

For more information on the groundbreaking please contact Ann DuBay at Ann.DuBay@scwa.ca.gov or (707) 524-8378. For more information on the Water Education Program please visit www.sonomacountywater.org/education.

Disabled Accommodation: If you have a disability which requires an accommodation, an alternative format, or requires another person to assist you while attending this meeting, please contact the Sonoma County Water Agency at (707) 524-8378, as soon as possible to ensure arrangements for accommodation.