Last month I went on a Water Innovations professional development program with 12 other teachers from around Alberta. This session was offered through Inside Education. We spent two days learning about many different aspects of water in Alberta.
Some presenters included representatives from Alberta Environment, The University of Alberta Water Initiative and The Athabasca Watershed Council. Issues, topics and discussions in this program really encouraged me to think critically about the vital importance of water.
The highlight of the program was our fieldtrip to the Goldbar Wastewater Treatment Centre.
Here are some cool facts about the treatment centre:
- One of Canada’s largest Class IV wastewater treatment plants
- Uses UV light system to disinfect water
- Treats more than 100,000 million litres annually
- Features a membrane-based wastewater recycling facility which supplies local industries with reclaimed water
Over the course of the program, I gained a huge sense of appreciation for the different organizations that look after our water resources. It is also reassuring to me that there are long term plans to ensure we have clean water for many years to come. A presenter defined clean water in the simplest way: “We know our water is safe when we can drink it, swim in it and fish in it.
I look forward to sharing my experiences with my students in the classroom as I feel it is important to promote environmental stewardship.
Link to Photos of Workshop:
My name is Jennifer Hollman and I am a Grade 1-6 teacher at Keephills School. I am passionate about science, technology and lifelong learning.