Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Election Day Survey

By Brian Reetz, Program Coordinator

Since it is Election Day, I thought I would give everyone an update on a survey that was recently conducted in Gothenburg. Nope, it’s not about the Presidential Election or about the Senate race, but about groundwater.

The Environmental Science Class at Gothenburg High School, taught by Maggie Tiller, conducted the survey at their school in late October. After students filled out the forms, they were rewarded with Let’s Keep It Clean pencils and bookmarks to remind them about ways to protect and conserve groundwater. Additional students also receive bigger rewards in the forms of a rain gauge or shower timer.

Now that you’ve taken the survey, here are some of the results from the nearly 100 students that took the survey in Gothenburg.

·         83 percent of the students said that clean drinking water was important to them.

·         79 percent of students said that clean groundwater was important to them.

·         52 percent of the students didn’t know where they get their drinking water from (private well, community well) each day.

·         45 percent of the students said they were not informed about groundwater issues in their area.

·         40 percent said that they use groundwater every day.

We will be working with the class throughout the year to help inform the student body about groundwater. It should be a fun, educational year at the home of the Swedes.

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