Urban Runoff – Storm Water
The number one type of pollution reaching our streams, rivers, lakes and the ocean comes from urban runoff. The trash that people throw into the streets gets carried by storm water into the storm drains to be deposited, untreated, into the receiving waters of our coast. Cigarette butts, candy bar wrappers, weed killers, motor oil, pet waste and other contaminants can travel hundreds of miles on their journey to foul the sea.
Education raises awareness and awareness leads to action. Since 2002 more than 46,000 schoolchildren have participated in the WOOWEE Program (one class at a time). They have learned how to make simple behavioral changes that result in a cleaner, healthier and more sustainable marine ecosystem.
In addition to school appearances, WOOW's TidePool Cruiser has traveled more than 20,000 miles bringing its unique, innovative and hands-on exhibits to hundreds of thousands of people at Earth Day celebrations, science fairs, water education festivals and community clean-ups.
Click here to see where the TidePool Cruiser will be appearing next.
The TidePool Cruiser's exhibits take you from the street, to the sea and end at the "General Store of the Sea." It is here where people learn of the "ocean connection" that toothpaste, chocolate milk, Post-It Notes, Girl Scout Cookies, ice cream and dozens of other products have. Knowing that these items may have ingredients that are obtained from marine resources motivates people to make those behavioral changes which lead to a cleaner environment.
To arrange for the TidePool Cruiser to visit your school or event click here.