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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jan. 3, 2012

Watershed project honored as Champion of the Environment

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Pickens Middle School has been recognized as a Champion of the Environment for its “Watershed Connections” project, the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control announced today.

“Through this project, students will learn about watersheds and the effect of runoff pollution on water quality,” said Amanda Ley, DHEC’s coordinator for the Champions of the Environment program. “They’ll do water quality testing of a local creek with help from the Clemson Extension Service.

“Also, they will educate the community about the importance of clean water using Global Positioning Systems and labeling nearby storm drains, participating in creek clean ups, partnering with the city of Pickens on the ‘Turtles on the Town’ project, placing rain barrels throughout the Pickens area, and decorating grocery bags with environmental messages,” Ley said.

As a Champion of the Environment, Pickens Middle School will receive a grant award to implement this project. The school will also be featured on the Champions’ website and a commercial will be made about the project and aired on WIS-TV in Columbia and WCSC-TV in Charleston.

Champions of the Environment supports environmental action in South Carolina’s kindergarten through 12th grade students through its grant award program. Champions is sponsored by DHEC, International Paper, Sonoco Recycling Inc., WCSC-TV and WIS-TV with assistance from the Environmental Education Association of South Carolina. More information about the Champions of the Environment grant award program can be found at http://www.scdhec.gov/champions.

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For more information:
Amanda Ley – (803) 898-4183
Email - champs@dhec.sc.gov
or
Jim Beasley – (803) 898-7769
Email – beaslejc@dhec.sc.gov