Cook-Wissahickon Elementary School will receive the Drinking Water Scholastic Award from the Schuylkill Action Network on Wednesday.
The award will be presented in celebration of National Drinking Water Week, which is May 4 to 10.
Students at Cook-Wissahickon Elementary School designed and installed a meadow on their campus, which collects stormwater from the school's building.
“This meadow filters pollutants and allows the water to soak in, recharging groundwater and reducing flash flooding in nearby streams. This project is part of the school's larger green makeover plan and connected closely with the school's curriculum to teach students how to be better stewards of our environment,” according to information from Schuylkill Action Network, is a coalition of more than 100 member organizations.
“Projects like this one are very important for keeping the Schuylkill Watershed clean" said Tom Davidock, coordinator of the Schuylkill Action Network. "Schools provide that direct link to communities and can teach all of us simple things we can all do to keep our rivers and streams healthy. The students at the Cook-Wissahickon Elementary School completed a small project that can have a big impact on the watershed."
The Cook-Wissahickon Elementary School is one of three recipients of the 2014 Drinking Water Scholastic Award. Other The Robeson Elementary Center in Berks County and the Montessori School in Montgomery County.
Schuylkill Action Network members include conservation districts; local, state, and federal agencies; watershed organizations and individuals, including Delaware River Basin Commission, Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Philadelphia Water Department and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
The Schuylkill River and its tributaries provide drinking water to more than two million people who live in the 11 counties and 232 municipalities included in the watershed.