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"Our Watersheds, Our Legacy"
Putting America's Watersheds in Focus

US Forest Service and Wyland Foundation embark on national community awareness tour to spotlight watershed health

America's mightiest rivers begin as a single drop of water at the top of our watersheds. What happens after that is largely impacted by the way communities across the United States manage these vast natural resources.

That's the message behind "America's Watersheds in FOCUS," a 7 city educational tour presented by the US Forest Service and the Wyland Foundation, a non-profit organization founded by renowned artist and environmentalist Wyland.

The centerpiece of the tour is the Wyland Clean Water Mobile Learning Experience, a 1000 square foot interactive exhibit on wheels solely dedicated to demonstrating the many ways water shapes our lives — and how our lives are shaped by it. The exhibit uses models to explore the nature of watersheds - the movement of water in bounded hydrologic systems — via rain over a city landscape, a running river, computer model simulations, a 40-person onboard multi-sensory theater.

"It's one thing to learn about watersheds in school," Wyland says. "But this exhibit literally rolls into underserved communities and puts educational resources into the hands of people to give them a broader sense of what watersheds do and how important our watersheds are."

Nearly, 60 percent of all fresh water supplies in the United States originate on Forest Service lands. Moreover, the forests where the water originates also play an important role in regulating our climate.

As part of the tour, the foundation and USFS will unveil a new exhibit entitled "Our Watersheds, Our Legacy,” which will provide an interactive high definition photographic journey through the nation's most important watersheds, utilizing the latest dual touch screen technology. The exhibit will allow large numbers of visitors to manipulate high-resolution images of regional watersheds from the Mississippi River to the Chesapeake Bay, including the ability to zoom in and out for a broad view as well as a granular detail with the swipe of a finger.

Tour Dates

September 1-3, 2012
Naperville's Last Fling, NapervilIe, IL

September 7, 2012
School Visit, Berlin, NY

September 8, 2012
RPI, Troy NY

September 10-11, 2012
School Visits, Boiceville, NY

September 12-13, 2012
School Visits, Margaretville, NY

September 15-16, 2012
NJ Wild Outdoors Expo, Jackson Township, NJ

September 18-20, 2012
School Visits, Milford, PA

September 22, 2012
Leakin Park, Baltimore, MD

September 23, 2012
Herring Run Park, Baltimore, MD

September 24, 2012
School Visit, Baltimore, MD

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