October 26 – Project SWELL Partners Launch 5th Grade Curriculum Featuring Pure Water San Diego

Environmental science lessons teach students about San Diego’s new wastewater recycling program

SAN DIEGO – October 26, 2015 – San Diego Coastkeeper, Think Blue San Diego and San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) have launched a new lesson in their Project SWELL fifth grade curriculum featuring information about Pure Water, San Diego’s wastewater recycling program. The Project SWELL partners invite fifth grade teachers to an upcoming training to learn the new curriculum, which includes lesson plans, interactive presentations and activities to teach their students about San Diego’s water.

The professional development training will take place on Saturday, November 7, 2015, from 9 a.m. to noon at the North City Water Reclamation Plant, 4949 Eastgate Mall. In addition to learning each lesson and practicing the activities, teachers will hear about the Pure Water program and take a tour of the City’s one-million-gallon-per-day demonstration Advanced Water Purification Facility.

Teachers can sign up for the training session here (Nov. 7).

Project SWELL (Stewardship: Water Education for Lifelong Leadership), a partnership between San Diego Coastkeeper, Think Blue San Diego and SDUSD, promotes environmental stewardship among San Diego youth, while enhancing educational opportunities for local students and providing resources for teachers. All lessons incorporate Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core State Standards. In addition to the Pure Water lesson, the fifth grade curriculum includes lessons about San Diego’s water supply sources, water conservation, storm drains and wastewater treatment.

Pure Water San Diego is the City of San Diego’s phased, multi-year program to use proven water purification technology to provide a safe local drinking water supply for San Diego. The program will produce one-third of San Diego’s drinking water supply locally by 2035. The Pure Water lesson will guide teachers through a presentation that includes vocabulary, water cycle diagrams, videos about the water purification process and interviews with program engineers.

For more information about Project SWELL and the fifth grade curriculum, please visit the Project SWELL website (www.projectswell.org) or get in touch with San Diego Coastkeeper Education and Project SWELL Coordinator Sandra Lebrón at projectswell@sdcoastkeeper.org or 619-758-7743 Ext.125.

For more information about Pure Water San Diego, visit www.purewatersd.org.

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