|Student John Morgan Cornish plays Plinko as Kim Harrington|
from the city's engineering department looks on.
Committees and departments present included the Tubbs Hill Foundation, wastewater and stormwater utilities, Parks Department, Centennial Trail Foundation and Ped-Bike Committee.
Of particular interest, especially to the younger crowd, was an interactive approach to stormwater education using a scaled down version of the popular game Plinko, seen on the TV game show Price Is Right. Players would drop a ping pong ball down the Plinko board. If it landed in a grassy swale or lawn, they got a free turn.
However, if it landed in environmentally sensitive areas, the player would we asked to explain ways to be eco-friendly in that particular situation. Players gained insight as to where stormwater goes, for example swales, grass, lake, river, drywells and the aquifer. The Plinko board was built by Shane Roberts of the city’s engineering department.
Another interactive display a 3-D model town with streams and lakes. Droplets of colored water representing various potentially harmful substances was placed into various areas of town. Next, a spray bottle with clear water was used to exemplify rain. Participants watched as the colored water patches flowed into nearby waterways.
While today, April 22, is Earth Day, make an effort to support the environment year around!