News Release – 4/11/13

For more information:
Erica Erland, Clark Public Utilities
360-992-3238, eerland@clarkpud.com

CLARK COUNTY’S LARGEST EARTH DAY EVENT OFFERS FREE FAMILY ACTIVITIES, TREE PLANTING AND ENTERTAINMENT
– Clark Public Utilities’ 14th Annual StreamTeam Earth Day Celebration is April 20 –

VANCOUVER, WA – April 11, 2013 – Clark Public Utilities’ StreamTeam is hosting its annual Earth Day Celebration Saturday, April 20 in partnership with Clark County Department of Environmental Services. At the Salmon Creek Regional Park near Klineline Pond, the 14th Annual Earth Day Celebration is Clark County’s largest Earth Day tree planting and family event with more than 40 participating organizations!  

The family-friendly celebration will feature a free community EcoFair between 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. with fun for kids, nature talks and walks, live entertainment, and booths from environmental organizations and businesses. From 10 a.m. to noon, OMSI’s traveling team will feature a Bug Me! interactive station with live creepy crawlies for kids to inspect and an Energy Options activity with renewable energy experiments and challenges.

All activities are free of charge and include a wildlife show featuring birds of prey, Sammy the Salmon "scale" painting, hat and mask making and pet adoption. And live music will play mid-day.

Kids of all ages are invited on a walking tour of nearby projects focused on helping salmon habitat, will have a chance to release rescued wild salmon in Salmon Creek and more. At the closing ceremonies, the winners of the Watershed Reflections student art and writing contest and winners of the Clark County Wastebusters competition will be announced.

In addition to the EcoFair, hundreds of volunteers will plant trees and pull non-native Garlic mustard plants to improve salmon habitat from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. These activities are popular and volunteers must register in advance to participate. EcoFair attendees do not need to register.

For more information and a schedule of EcoFair events, visit the StreamTeam website at www.StreamTeam.net, call 360-992-8585, or email StreamTeam@clarkpud.com

About the StreamTeam
The StreamTeam is a volunteer-driven program of Clark Public Utilities comprised of more than 1,000 team members who donate more than 3,500 hours of their time each year to save salmon. StreamTeam members come from a myriad of backgrounds including utility employees, Stream Stewards, scout groups, college students, youth groups and active retirees. Activities include tree planting, water quality and plant survival monitoring, and educational outreach. More information is available at www.StreamTeam.net.

About Clark Public Utilities
Clark Public Utilities is a customer-owned public utility that provides electric service to more than 183,000 customers throughout Clark County. The utility also provides water service to about 30,000 homes and businesses in the Hazel Dell, Salmon Creek, Lakeshore, Hockinson, Brush Prairie, La Center, Meadow Glade, Amboy and Yacolt areas. More information at www.clarkpublicutilities.com.

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