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Rain Barrel Challenge Water Festival 2016

The 2016 Barnegat Bay Blitz Rain Barrel Challenge Water Festival was held on Wednesday, June 8, at the Lakewood Middle School in Lakewood. The winning barrel was designed by 8th grade students in an afterschool program administered by science teachers Kelly Jankowski and Traci Hazley.

Twelve interactive workshops were offered six times for over 350 8th graders. The workshops were about 35 minutes in length and students and teachers rotated by class to attend six of the twelve workshop offerings. Topics focused on the Pinelands, fishing, water pollution, shellfish, aquatic insects, water and human health, wetlands protection, wildlife prevention and marine animals, to name but a few.

The festival was kicked-off by Marc Rogoff, Environmental Education Specialist for the NJ Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP), with his Wonderful World of Water assembly program.

Workshop instruction was provided by Department staff in Water Resources Management, the New Jersey Forest Fire Service and the Office of Communications.

The Department would like to thank and recognize all of the 2016 Water Festival partners that provided instruction for the Water Festival and helped to make it an educational, experiential and memorable program for the Lakewood Middle School eighth grade students and faculty.

  • Barnegat Bay Partnership
  • Bayshore Center at Bivalve (Home of the Schooner A.J. Meerwald)
  • BEAR: Boating Education and Rescue
  • Brick Township Municipal Utilities Authority
  • Jenkinson's Aquarium
  • New Jersey Americorps Watershed Ambassadors (Watershed Management Areas 20 and 16)
  • New Jersey Pinelands Commission
  • Ocean County Health Department
  • ReClam the Bay

Special thanks to the Lakewood Blackhawks for providing the winning students with supplies and lunch for their efforts. The Lakewood Blackhawks have a long history of service to the town of Lakewood. Blackhawk members work together to sponsor and support a multitude of community endeavors, academic scholarships, school based initiatives and support for those in need.

Water Festival Schedule and Workshop List
Thank You Letter from Lakewood Middle School Faculty
How the Winning Barrel Design was Created

Waterfest 2016



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BEAR RCTB Jenkinsons WAPS Parks Forest Fire Service Barnegat Bay Partnership Bayshore Center at Bivalve Lakewood Blackhawks Brick Twp Utiilities Authority Ocean Co. Health Department NJ Pinelands Commission
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