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June 26th, 2009
San Marcos teachers tour ‘wonders of water’

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Jessica Chafee, Linda Sangurima, Tammy Cox, Texas Lutheran University professor Dr. Mark Guftason and Susan Seaton look for aquatic life to catch in vials for study.

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Four San Marcos elementary schoolteachers were recently among participants in comprehensive workshop called “Wonders of Water,” sponsored by the Guadalupe Blanco River Authority and Texas Lutheran University.

The group toured water wells in Nixon, a wastewater treatment plant in New Braunfels, drinking water treatment plants in San Marcos and Aquarena Springs, a hydroelectric plant in Canyon Lake, and the Seguin Outdoor Learning Center. Two field trips were conducted to the Canyon Gorge in Canyon Lake and Geronimo Creek in Seguin.

“It was hands-down the most amazing training I think I’ve every done. San Marcos was well represented with teachers from De Zavala, Mendez, Travis, and Crockett elementary schools attending,” said Tammy Cox who was joined by colleagues Jessica Chaffee, Linda Sangurima and Susan Seaton.

Said Seaton “The workshop included classroom instruction and field trips to see first hand what water can do. This was a great resource, and we have new and innovative ideas to share in our classrooms next year to teach students about water use, conservation, and why it is so important.” Season added that the program focused on the Guadalupe and San Marcos rivers and their significance to Texas.

— FROM SAN MARCOS CISD/IRIS CAMPBELL

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