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Groundwater protection, education is priority in Detroit Lakes

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DETROIT LAKES - The City of Detroit Lakes, Holy Rosary Catholic School, and Rossman School will all make groundwater protection and education a priority for another year by participating in Groundwater Guardian -- a program of The Groundwater Foundation that encourages citizen involvement in groundwater protection and education activities on the local level.

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The Groundwater Foundation, based in Lincoln Nebraska is a non-profit organization that educates and motivates the public to care about and for groundwater.

For participation in the program, Detroit Lakes, Holy Rosary and Rossman have each formed a diverse team of representatives from citizenry, business, agriculture, education and local government to work on activities that address local groundwater concerns and needs, such as public awareness, education, conservation, pollution prevention, public policy or best management practices.

Groundwater Guardian began in 1994 with eight pilot communities. Detroit Lakes has been participating since 1996, Rossman School has been participating since 2001 and Holy Rosary Catholic School since 2002.

They are among the 140 Communities in 34 states and one Canadian province designated as Groundwater Guardians for 2007. New communities can get involved in Groundwater Guardian at any time during the year, there is no cost to participate.

The Groundwater Guardian program is made possible with generous support from the program's national co-sponsor, the U.S. Geological Survey. Visit www.usgu.com to learn more. Additional program support provided by Cargill and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

A complete description of Groundwater Guardian, on-line entry forms, program benefits, and activity ideas are available on The Groundwater Foundation's website at www.groundwater.org/gg/gg.html.

For additional information, or if you have any questions, please contact The Groundwater Foundation at 1-800-858-4844 or guadian@groundwater.org.

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