EPA News Media Advisory (Region 7): Celebration of EPA’s Wetlands Month to Include Students, Watershed Association

By Newsroom America Feeds at 3 May 2012

*U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 7*

901 N. Fifth St., Kansas City, KS 66101

Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and Nine Tribal Nations

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*Celebration of EPA’s Wetlands Month to Include Students, Watershed Association*

Contact Information: Kris Lancaster, 913-551-7557, lancaster.kris@epa.gov

* Environmental News*

*NEWS MEDIA ADVISORY*

(Kansas City, Kan., May 3, 2012) - EPA Region 7 staff, St. Regis Catholic School students and Blue River Watershed Association staff will participate in an outdoor classroom wetland event May 8 at Swope Park in Kansas City, Mo.

During the event, EPA scientists will teach students about the importance of wetlands to the environment. Students will conduct wetland monitoring, remove invasive species and identify native species found in wetlands.

Swope Park is a 1,800-acre wooded park that houses the Kansas City Zoo, Starlight Theatre, Blue River Golf Course, Swope Memorial Golf Course, a Disc Golf Course, Swope Park Pool, picnic areas and a pond for fishing. Additionally, the Blue River winds through the park.

*WHAT: EPA Region 7 environmental scientists teaching St. Regis Catholic School students about the benefits of wetlands and identification of native species*

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*WHEN: 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., May 8, 2012*

*WHERE: Swope Park, 5600 E. Gregory Boulevard, Kansas City, Mo. 64132 (Intersection of Oldham Road and Gregory Boulevard)*

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*WHO: EPA Region 7 Administrator Karl Brooks, EPA Region 7 environmental scientists, St. Regis Catholic School students and Blue River Watershed Association staff*

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This month marks the 21st anniversary of EPA’s American Wetlands Month. Throughout May, there will be a number of events scheduled across the country to educate, involve and engage Americans who want to better understand the value of wetlands. Wetlands provide critical habitat for plants, fish and wildlife; replenish and clean water supplies; provide recreational opportunities; and serve as sites for scientific research and education.

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