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1 Chipola Area Ground Water Outreach Project Presented by: Dr. Santine Cuccio Science Department Chipola College Funding provided by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

2 Project Purpose To provide Chipola’s science students and Chipola’s pre-service science teachers with opportunities to engage in learning activities with middle and high school students, focusing on the value of ground water to all users.

3 Project Purpose To introduce ground water as a valuable resource to the Chipola College district students and communities in the counties of: CalhounHolmes JacksonLiberty Washington

4 Project Purpose To educate and raise awareness about ground water as a valuable and immediate resource, which, when misused, can have immediate repercussions for the land, animals, and residents of a region.

5 LIFE Program Project leaders work in cooperation with DEP’s LIFE program (Learning in Florida’s Environment), an initiative to establish a series of field-based, environmental-science education programs around the state.

6 LIFE Program The initiative includes a focus on: a) alignment with Florida Sunshine State standards;

7 LIFE Program The initiative includes a focus on: b) emphasis on observation and inference as critical components of the scientific method;

8 LIFE Program The initiative includes a focus on: c) integration of all subject areas by connecting field experiences with pre- and post-classroom lessons, in addition to other guiding principles.

9 Project Funding The Chipola Area Ground Water Outreach Project is funded by a grant from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and managed by Chipola Science Department faculty with Chipola staff support.

10 Project Funding Representatives from the DEP work closely with Project Manager Vicki Mathis and the Chipola Science Department instructors to guide the project toward educating our youth on the importance of ground water and the impact of ground water quality on our lives.

11 Project Focus For the initial phase of the project, the project leaders have focused on:  Education  Data Collection  Conservation

12 Projects During the Fall 2006 and Spring 2007 semesters, instructors and students worked on various projects, including:

13 Projects Science and Reading Night at Blountstown Elementary School Tour of Florida Caverns State Park

14 Projects Tour of Marianna’s Water and Wastewater Facility Examination of Washington County wells with Chipley High School students

15 Projects Hike of the Apalachicola Bluffs and Ravines Preserve (aka The Garden of Eden) Tour of the Springhill Regional Landfill in Campbellton, FL

16 Projects Visit from Chad Taylor to discuss septic tanks and their effect on ground water Workshop for area high school teachers, presented by DEP’s LIFE program and Project WET

17 Projects Visit by Billy Dean regarding water contamination in Jackson County Collaboration with local high schools to implement a unit plan about ground water

18 Project Awareness newsletter newsletter In an effort to publicize the Ground Water Outreach Project, Chipola instructors and staff produce a newsletter periodically and maintain a web presence on the Chipola website. newsletter

19 Project Awareness A Ground Water Outreach bulletin board, located in the Science Building lobby, displays excerpts of the various projects.

20 Project Partners The project has five district school partners: Calhoun County A. Clemmons, Bonnie Fagen, Juan Lima, Shannon Romer, Sally Sims Holmes County Janice Andrews, Dawn Barone Jackson County Kim Barber, Rebecca Beasley, Amanda Bloomer, Amanda Clark, Diane Miles, Karen Pannell, Preston Roberts, Betty Taylor, Dena Ward, Paulat Wright, Tammy Yates Liberty County Washington County Greta Draayom, Cindy Padgett, Caren Prichard, Jackie Stokes-Taylor

21 Project Partners Other partners include: Allan Tidwell Project Leader, Jackson Blue Springs Working Group Connie Bersok Florida DEP Springs Initiative Director James Dodson Florida DEP Ground Water Protection Section Greg Ira Florida DEP’s LIFE Program

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