**Media Advisory** Dunloggin Middle School hosts MDE for Groundwater Awareness Week celebration

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Samantha Kappalman or
Adrienne Diaczok
(410) 537-3003
samantha.kappalman@maryland.gov
adrienne.diaczok@maryland.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

**Media Advisory** Dunloggin Middle School hosts MDE for Groundwater Awareness Week celebration

(Baltimore, MD) March 12, 2014 – In celebration of Maryland Groundwater Awareness Week (March 9-15), Maryland Department of the Environment Secretary Robert M. Summers will meet with Howard County eighth-graders at Dunloggin Middle School for a demonstration and discussion on the importance of groundwater in Maryland.  Secretary Summers’ lesson will focus on the importance of groundwater to the students and how their actions impact their community. After the Secretary’s groundwater demonstration, the students will provide a tour of the school’s wetlands project.

WHO: 

Robert M. Summers, Secretary, Maryland Department of the Environment
Eighth-graders in teacher Dan Blue’s class

WHEN: Thursday, March 13, 2014, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

WHERE: Dunloggin Middle School, 9129 Northfield Road, Ellicott City, MD 21042

WHY:   Every day, Americans use 79.6 billion gallons of fresh groundwater for public and private use, including for irrigation, livestock, manufacturing, mining and more. Groundwater is vulnerable to pollution by anything we spill or dispose of on or under the ground. Groundwater contaminated with bacteria, chemicals, pesticides, gasoline or oil can result in serious human health problems. Keeping our groundwater clean helps to protect and restore our waterways, including the Chesapeake Bay.

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