(INDEPENDENCE, Mo.) Monday, May 20, 2013 – Bring the family and learn all about protecting the environment at the sixth-annual Independence EcoFest – “It’s All About Water!” – from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 1. 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. More than 700 attended EcoFest last year.
The Kansas City Kite Club will jazz up the park with colorful banners and kites. Participants 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.
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 to displays on ecology and water quality, the festival will include entertainment throughout the festival area by the EcoStreet characters, Eco Elvis, Stan Slaughter “Eco Troubadour” and the Green Spirit Band.
“EcoFest emphasizes the importance of water quality, local watersheds, wastewater and storm water management, energy and conservation in a fun, interactive format for children and families,” Water Pollution Control Director Dick Champion said.
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. City departments participating are Water Pollution Control, Parks and Recreation, Independence Power & Light, Water and Health.
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.