(Kansas City, Mo.) – KC Water’s community-wide work to educate students and customers about the importance of water quality continues to gain momentum and praise.
KC Water recently received an Environmental Education Service Award from the Missouri Environmental Education Association (MEAA).
KC Water was praised for several initiatives, including creation of Journey of Stormwater: KC to the Sea, an award-winning curriculum for 4th through 6th grades that is aligned with Missouri core curriculum and Next Generation Science standards. The curriculum has been taught free of charge to more than 14,500 students in more than 50 schools since 2012.
“We recognize that educating young people is a great way to spread the message of good water quality and raise awareness about the role we all play in reducing the pollution found in stormwater runoff,” said Terry Leeds, the Director of KC Water.
The award honored an organization, agency, or business that supports the purpose and mission of the association through significant contributions to environmental education via curriculum, research, innovations, educating staff, use of environmentally friendly products, and supporting other educational efforts through grant funding.
Among other programs mentioned were the Water Education for KC program, which has already reached more than 3,000 students so far in 2017; and the Water Quality Small Grant program that has distributed $179,000 to 19 local non-profits for water quality education and stewardship projects since it was begun in 2016.
MEEA, a statewide organization, helps educators inspire Missourians to care about, understand, and act for their environment.
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KC Water maintains and operates water treatment and distribution systems, stormwater management systems, and wastewater collection and treatment systems for residential and business customers in Kansas City and for wholesale customers in the Kansas City area. KC Water is primarily funded by fees charged to customers based on their use or impacts on the three utility systems.