Morrill Hall's Sunday Scientist explores stormwater management April 21
Released on 04/08/2013, at 2:00 AM
Office of University Communications
University of Nebraska–Lincoln
WHEN: Sunday, Apr. 21, 2013
WHERE: University of Nebraska State Museum of Natural History, Morrill Hall, south of 14th and Vine Streets
April showers bring May flowers. Unfortunately, they may also bring floods, destruction and contamination of the water we depend on. The next Sunday with a Scientist program for children and families at the University of Nebraska State Museum of Natural History in Morrill Hall will focus on stormwater management.
The program will be from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. April 21 at Morrill Hall, one block south of 14th and Vine streets on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln City Campus.
"Running Rain: Keep it Clean! Slow it Down! Soak it In" will focus on the ways scientists are working to reduce stormwater runoff and improve water quality in our communities. Stormwater runoff is water from rain or melting snow that does not soak into the ground. It flows from rooftops, streets, sidewalks, bare soil, sloped lawns and other areas. As it flows, this runoff can collect and transport soil particles, pesticides, fertilizer, oil and grease, heavy metals, nutrients, bacteria, leaves and grass clippings, litter, animal wastes, and other pollutants. While rain is often welcome, it has the ability to cause major damage when it moves quickly into storm drains, sewer systems and drainage ditches.
Hands-on activities and demonstrations will help visitors learn all about stormwater runoff and how it affects our lives. They will also discover steps they can take to protect this valuable resource. Here is a sampling of some of the activities visitors can do:
- Hold a "cloud" in their hands
- Take a photo with "Stormwater Sleuth"
- Pretend they are water droplets that picks up pollutants
- Make a watershed out of paper and see how water and pollutants flow
- See living examples of rain garden plants
- Learn how to construct a rain barrel
- Register to win a rain barrel kit
Presenters from UNL will include Kelly A. Feehan, extension educator-horticulture; Thomas G. Franti, associate professor, biological systems engineering and extension surface water management engineer; Bobbi A. Holm, extension educator-stormwater management; Katie A. Pekarek, extension educator-stormwater management; Steven N. Rodie, associate professor, agronomy and horticulture and extension landscape horticulture specialist; David P. Shelton, professor, biological systems engineering and extension agricultural engineer; Patrick J. Walsh, graduate research assistant, biological systems engineering; and Erin C. Bauer, extension associate.
For more information on stormwater management, visit http://water.unl.edu/stormwater.
Writer: Dana Ludvik