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Yonkers Students Joined CURB for the 2020 Winter Water Academy

During their winter break, 21 Yonkers High School students hailing from Lincoln High School and Saunders Trades and Technical School joined CURB for the 2nd year of our “Winter Water Academy” training program. The 4-day intensive course included hands-on lessons about urban watershed issues, environmental justice, the Hudson River estuary, water chemistry, food webs, fish identification, interpreting graphs, and water quality and pollution – particularly fecal contamination and combined sewer overflows.  As part of the program, students also collected their own samples from the Hudson and Saw Mill Rivers and tested them in the lab for Enterococcus, a fecal indicator bacteria.  New for this year, thanks to the Westchester County Department of Environmental Facilities, the program was capped off with an educational tour of the Yonkers Joint Waste Water Treatment Plant.

Ten students from the water academy will join CURB this summer as paid interns to assist with the water collection and lab work. This newly created “Blue Team” internship program will also give the students the opportunity to create an education and outreach campaign aimed at curbing pollution in their community.

The 2-year program is funded by a $100,000 grant from New York State’s Department of Environmental Conservation’s Office of Environmental Justice.