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Swiftmud awards 12 mini grants to Hernando schools

BROOKSVILLE — The Southwest Florida Water Management District has awarded 12 Splash mini grants to Hernando County teachers to be used for water resources education projects.

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Lisa Rae Dickinson, Frank W. Springstead High School, for $1,400. Her students will conduct an environmental survey of the Weeki Wachee River with the cooperation of the Springs Coast Environmental Education Center.

Leonette Ehlenbeck, Challenger K-8 School of Science and Mathematics, for $990. Students will use a water quality sensor kit to study freshwater dynamics and to collect water temperature, pH, dissolved oxygen and conductivity data.

Susan Fremer, homeschool, for $2,775. Her students will prepare container gardening systems that will yield vegetables using a fraction of the water and fertilizer that is used for a conventional garden.

Sue Garter, Suncoast Elementary School, for $59.95. Students will install a rain barrel to collect water to irrigate their school gardens.

Natalie Gillespie, Doorposts Home School, for $1,743. Students will learn about the need to conserve water. They will take a field trip to the Florida Aquarium.

Michelle Haenel, Pine Grove Elementary School, for $720.50. Students will plan and create a water-wise garden.

Jo Anne Hartge, West Hernando Middle School, for $1,485. Students will study the natural ecosystem and water quality of the Weeki Wachee River to help restore eelgrass.

Dana Moreno, homeschool, for $90. Students will study Florida-friendly landscaping by planting a garden and using a Watershed Education Resource Box.

Linda Rothenberg, Westside Elementary School, for $1,633. Students will explore hydroponics and its relationship to conservation.

Madhu Thomas, Hernando Christian Academy, for $1,368. Students will learn how the quality of water is affected by irresponsible behavior by conducting experiments using a variety of kits and taking a field trip to the Weeki Wachee River.

Shawn Walker, Gulf Coast Academy of Science and Technology, for $3,050. Students will learn about watershed ecology by engaging in hands-on discoveries of the relationship between local hydrology and geology by taking a field trip to the Chassahowitzka River.

Donny Weed, Explorer K-8 School, for $1,800. Students will study the Weeki Wachee River watershed and conduct water quality testing.

Swiftmud awards 12 mini grants to Hernando schools 11/12/08 [Last modified: Thursday, November 13, 2008 1:34am]
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