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Otter Tail River Watershed Aqua Chautauqua

August 12, 2017
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Veterans Memorial Park
220 S. Sherman St.
Fergus Falls, MN 56537

Free and open to the public.

"Urban Stormwater - Are We Polluting or Protecting Our Community's Waters?"

John Bilotta, Water Resource Management and Policy Extension Educator, Minnesota Sea Grant and Minnesota Land Grant, is hosting several displays:

  • The Pollute or Protect
  • Eutrophication
  • Your Streets Connect to Lakes and Rivers Stormwater Pipe (tentative)

What is Aqua Chautauqua?

We are drawn to water: running water in our creeks and rivers, and still water in our lakes and wetlands. We are mesmerized by it and, in Minnesota, our water says a lot about who we are: recreationally, culturally, economically. We want to protect it; keep it clean and safe and available for future generations. Water is a shared community resource. The better we understand it, the better we can advocate for its wise use and protection.

Aqua Chautauqua is a family-oriented event that brings people together to learn and share about the water resources in our communities. Expert speakers and facilitators will present theater, art, hands-on demonstrations, and recreational activities all centered on our lakes, streams, rivers, wetlands, and what they mean to us.

Chautauqua (sha-taw-kwa) was an adult education movement in the United States, highly popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Chautauqua assemblies expanded and spread throughout rural America until the mid-1920s. The Chautauqua brought entertainment and culture for the whole community, with speakers, teachers, musicians, entertainers, preachers and specialists of the day. Former U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt was quoted as saying that Chautauqua is 'the most American thing in America.'

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