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Kids, adults invited to learn about keeping salt out of water at library classes Dec. 9, 18


December 6, 2019

And just like that, Thanksgiving whizzes by and the holiday season begins.

To add to the long list of seasonal happenings such as Bentleyville and holiday plays and visits with Santa, the Carlton SWCD will be hosting two events in partnership with the Cloquet Public Library. Our focus here is to provide interactive and informative sessions on conservation topics and to better share our resources with you and your neighbors.

For December, we are focusing on the seasonal topic of salt and its connection with our water. Note, I say two: there is a youth program and an adult program, taking place on different days.

The youth program is scheduled for 4-5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9. It offers an activity focused on the journey of a water drop from when it lands on our landscapes and when it leaves our homes. Thanks to the Great Lakes Aquarium, we have a fun interactive activity that shows just how valuable our water is, and what goes into having clean water from our taps. Bring your kids for the activity and check out the library’s awesome selection of books and materials (or join in).

For adults, there is a winter maintenance workshop 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18. We’ll discuss the issue of excessive use of de-icing salt, and just what can be done to keep our fresh water from becoming salty. The workshop will include SWCD conservation technician Alyssa Alness presenting background to the problem in conjunction with urban water runoff, and will conclude with a demonstration on proper snow and ice removal. Please register ahead of time (so we can put together information packets) at our website or call us at (281) 384-3891.

Come join us! We are excited by the opportunity with the library and hope to show off this great community resource while better connecting with the community we serve. Visit our Facebook page (@CarltonSWCD), website, or call for more information on these events.

Chris Gass is the education and outreach coordinator for the Carlton Soil and Water Conservation District. His column focuses on environmental topics and stewardship.


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