Area students participate in annual Groundwater Festival


Brandon L. Summers

South Platte students enjoy a presentation from Hilary Cook on earthworm tunnels at Cheyenne County Community Center, one of many events for the 2017 Western Nebraska Children's Groundwater Festival.

Fourth grade students from around the area learned all about groundwater last Friday, when the South Platte Natural Recourse District (SPNRD) held its annual Groundwater Festival in Sidney.The Groundwater festival is an event the SPNRD holds every year, Administrative Manager, Don Davis, said. This year marks the 27th annual event."The idea is to educate youth on the effects of groundwater," Davis said. "It's also a chance for us to begin outreach early and highlight projects that we have for youth."Groundwater is the water found underground in the cracks and spaces in soil, sand and rock. It is stored in and moves slowly through geologic formations of soil, sand and rocks called aquifers.Various volunteers and presenters were on hand to demonstrate the effects of ground water through fun interactive experiments and presentations.

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