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Merriam Ave and Halsted Students Learn about Keeping Local Rivers Clean

Friday, October 26, 2018


As part of the Choose 2 Connect after school enrichment program, 3rd through 8th grade students from Merriam Avenue Elementary School and Halsted Middle School in Newton recently worked with the SCMUA-WRWMG’s Education Specialist to learn about non-point source pollution (“people pollution”) prevention. Students walked away with a greater understanding of the differences between garbage and recycling and why it is important to prevent litter from entering the nearby Paulins Kill River.

The staff from the Office of Mosquito Control also participated in the presentations, teaching students how important it is to pick up litter in order to stop the spread of mosquitoes. Since litter can hold water, these containers become backyard mosquito breeding habitats where female mosquitoes can lay their eggs. By picking up garbage and recycling, litter clean-up volunteers are helping to keep Sussex County’s rivers and streams clean while also preventing the spread of mosquitoes.