**Media Advisory** Hickory Elementary School hosts MDE for Groundwater Awareness Week celebration

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Maryland Department of the Environment:
Adrienne Diaczok
(410) 537-3003
adrienne.diaczok@maryland.gov

Harford County Public Schools:
Jillian Lader
410-588-5203

Harford County Health Department:
William Wiseman
410-612-1771

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

**Media Advisory** Hickory Elementary School hosts MDE for Groundwater Awareness Week celebration

(Baltimore, MD) March 10, 2015 – In celebration of Maryland Groundwater Awareness Week (March 8-14), Maryland Department of the Environment Secretary Ben Grumbles will meet with fifth-graders at Hickory Elementary School in Harford County for a demonstration and discussion on the importance of groundwater in Maryland.  Secretary Grumbles’ lesson will focus on how students actions affect their community.

WHO: 

Ben Grumbles, Secretary, Maryland Department of the Environment
Dr. Russell Moy, Deputy Health Officer, Harford County Health Department
Brad Stinar, Principal, Hickory Elementary School
Fifth-graders at Hickory Elementary School

WHEN: Wednesday, March 11, 2015, from 2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.

WHERE: Hickory Elementary School, 2100 Conowingo Road, Bel Air, MD 21014

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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