Monday, June 19, 2006

Marianas RC&D in the News

Marianas Variety, Monday, June 19, 2006

Hopwood students attend environmental camp
By Cherrie Anne E. Villahermosa
Variety News Staff

TEN eight grade students from Hopwood Junior High School attended an environmental camp and joined a stream cleanup on Friday.

The students, with their teachers Bree Reynolds and Doug Reynolds and Sharleen Crisostimo, were assisted by Angelo Villagomez of the Marianas Resources Conservation and Development Council and Division of Environmental Quality staff members Jeremy Shaw and Joleen Salas.

The students and their teachers were brought to the revegetation area in Laolao.

Villagomez, public involvement coordinator of the Marianas Resource Conservation and Development Council, said they showed the children the effects of burning on the watershed.

Villagomez said everything that takes place on land affects the marine environment.

Afterward, the group picked up garbage at one of the streams in the area.

Among the pieces of trash that the group collected were an old washing machine, couches and a fire extinguisher.

Shaw said the garbage will be picked up later and will be transported to Marpi.

Villagomez said they are planning to invite more students and volunteers to join the CNMI Stream Team which aims to involve members of the community in monitoring storm runoff for water quality, conducting stream cleanups, restoring degraded streams and educating the public about environmental issues.

Today, the recycling subcommittee and other members of Beautify CNMI will start planting trees on Beach Road.

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