Great Water Mystery Program Achieves Water Conservation in 2015

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12345391_857376177701683_6201757605508637437_nSYRCL’s River Education Program re-launched “The Great Water Mystery” in 2014 and the program continued to grow in 2015. The Great Water Mystery is an interactive in-school assembly program led by the infamous Detective Drizzle who uses an engaging mystery story to teach children about water conservation. This free program has visited schools in Nevada, Placer, and El Dorado Counties. This year it even had a showing in Sacramento. Danny McCammon, in the role of Detective Drizzle presented 47 Great Water Mystery assemblies between February and December 2015. In total, SYRCL reached 5,757 students in grades K-8.

Accompanying the 45-minute assembly, teachers receive a curriculum packet with fun and engaging activities to teach students about water and conservation. They learn about the properties of water, the unique qualities of a watershed, and how to reduce their use of water at home and in school.

Students are surveyed before and after the assembly on the best ways to reduce their water usage. Here are some fun and useful tips from Detective Drizzle’s helpful sleuths!

  1. Water your lawn at night.
  2. While you’re waiting for warm water in the shower, fill a bucket with the cold water that would otherwise be going down the drain. Use collected water from the shower to water plants.
  3. Take military or detective showers – turn the water off while you’re sudsing up!
  4. Fix leaky toilets
  5. Use water sparingly when doing dishes, laundry and brushing teeth.

The Great Water Mystery program will continue to run in spring in tandem with SYRCL’s Water Audits program. We are looking for volunteers to help with this soon-to-launch program!  To get involved, or learn more about either of these great educational opportunities, please contact SYRCL’s River Education Coordinator – Heather Kallevig at 530-265-5961 ext. 218 or

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