(INDEPENDENCE, Mo.) Wednesday, June 4, 2014 – Bring the family and learn all about protecting the environment at the seventh-annual Independence EcoFest – “It’s All About Water!” – from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 7. The festival provides education and information to the public about the importance of preserving and protecting our natural resources and the environment. The free event will be held at the City’s 80-acre Waterfall Park south of the Bass Pro Shops.
A new addition to this year’s EcoFest is the City’s annual Arbor Day Proclamation and Ceremony. In keeping with the EcoFest “Lucky 7’s” theme, participants can enter a drawing to win one of seven trees to be donated by Independence Power & Light.
Festival goers will collect stamps for their “Eco-Passports” by answering quiz questions as they visit the various exhibit booths. Each exhibitor will have a question associated with their theme. Participants will receive a prize for completed Eco-Passports and there will be free giveaways throughout the festival.
In addition, the festival will include entertainment by the EcoStreet characters, Stan Slaughter “Eco Troubadour” and the Green Spirit Band. Attendees can learn about various water and conservation topics through interactive displays such as edible ice cream aquifers, a stream table demonstrating stream bank erosion and water-themed games located along the park trail.
“EcoFest is a great public outreach partnership for the City and other local, state and federal organizations,” Water Pollution Control Director Dick Champion said. “It allows us the opportunity to come together and engage the children and families of our community to emphasize the importance of water quality, local watersheds, wastewater and storm water management, energy and conservation.”
The City of Independence sponsors the event in partnership with the Missouri Departments of Conservation (MDC) and Natural Resources (MDNR), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Little Blue Watershed Coalition and several local groups.
For more information, visit the City’s websites at www.independencemo.org/wpc and www.independencemo.org/ecofest or call the Water Pollution Control offices at (816) 325-7711.
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