More than 800 students and educators will be gathering for the 2013 Detroit River Water Festival from 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Friday, May 10. The festival will take place along the Detroit Riverfront, from the GM Renaissance Center to the William G. Milliken State Park. See: Interactive map.

Media are encouraged to attend any time but representatives of the main sponsors will be available for interviews at 12:30 at Rivard Plaza (by the carousel). The Detroit River Water Festival is designed to help sixth-grade students from Detroit Public Schools learn about our most precious natural resource — clean, fresh water. By educating students about water quality, organizers hope to inspire the next generation to be great stewards of water resources such as the Detroit River. This free program helps students appreciate the importance of water and how it affects their daily lives.

Presentations include hands-on activities about water resource-related topics including ecosystems, social studies, the geosphere and the hydrologic cycle. Most importantly, students will learn the central role water and the Detroit River play in the region’s quality of life and the role they can play to protect it.

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