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ERDC team delivers annual Earth Day message to local students

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Susan Bailey (left), U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) Environmental Laboratory environmental engineer, Cynthia Banks (center), ERDC Installation Operations Command (IOC) environmental protection specialist and Bobby McComas (right), IOC chemical engineer, speak about Earth Day to fourth grade students April 20, 2022, at Bowmar Avenue Elementary School in Vicksburg, Miss. (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers photo)

On April 20, a group from the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center’s (ERDC) Installation Operations Command (IOC) and Environmental Laboratory celebrated Earth Day with fourth grade students from Bowmar Avenue Elementary School in Vicksburg, Mississippi. The U.S. Army’s theme for Earth Day this year is “A Partnership for the Planet.”

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U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center Installation Operations Command chemical engineer Bobby McComas (center) demonstrates the EM River model, a table-top visualization of riverine processes, to fourth grade students April 20, 2022, at Bowmar Avenue Elementary School in Vicksburg, Miss., during a visit to talk about Earth Day. (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers photo)

After an introduction to what the ERDC does, students visited three separate stations to learn about different environmental challenges. The EM River model provides a table-top visualization of riverine processes. The model allows the students to manipulate riverine systems and see immediate effects. Students were also shown a demonstration of an oil spill and the effects it has on a body of water and aquatic plants and animals. At the third station, students experienced show-and-tell where preserved aquatic specimens were shown, including pallid sturgeon and white shrimp.

ERDC Earth Day

Susan Bailey (right), U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center Environmental Laboratory environmental engineer, demonstrates the effects of an oil spill on a body of water to fourth grade students from Bowmar Avenue Elementary School in Vicksburg, Miss., during a April 20, 2022, visit to raise awareness about Earth Day. (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers photo)

The first Earth Day was celebrated in 1970, when a United States senator from Wisconsin organized a national demonstration to raise awareness about environmental issues. Rallies took place across the country and, by the end of the year, the U.S. government had created the Environmental Protection Agency. By 1990, Earth Day was an event celebrated by more than 140 countries around the globe. Earth Day is officially celebrated each year on April 22.

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Cynthia Banks (right), U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) Installation Operations Command environmental protection specialist, shows fourth grade students from Bowmar Avenue Elementary School in Vicksburg, Miss., different preserved aquatic specimens ― including pallid sturgeon and white shrimp — part of an ERDC outreach effort April 20, 2022, to local schools in celebration of Earth Day. (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers photo)

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