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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.

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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