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Bellingham Bulletin

Kids Learn about Rainwater, Protecting Waterways

Aug 29, 2017 02:06PM ● Published by Pamela Johnson

Shown standing (L-R) are Steve Fowler, Jim Kupfer & Don DiMartino

Parents and children gathered recently for a program at the Bellingham Public Library, the purpose of which was to help children of all ages better understand where rain water goes after it hits the ground and, more importantly, what they can do to make Bellingham waterways as clean as can be. The program, conducted by Bellingham DPW Director Don DiMartino and Town Planner Jim Kupfer, was approximately 45 minutes long.

Kupfer opened the session by explaining what the town of Bellingham does to protect the water that we use every day, from managing the water filtration plant to holding new development to the highest construction standards in order to prevent contamination from run-off into our system.

The kids and parents alike who attended the program watched a Curious George episode that explained where trash goes if you put it down a street drain. "We wanted to emphasize what everyone can do collectively to prevent litter and other contaminates from entering our waterways," Kupfer explained.

Don DiMartino followed up the episode with a question and answer period. Finally, Bellingham Children's Librarian Steve Fowler ("Mr. Steve") had a fun activity for the kids--they made paper boats like those in the Curious George episode.

This event was part of the Library's Summer Reading Program.

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