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Minnesota Project Board Member Educating and Entertaining Youth on Water Quality

February 18, 2010

In the February 2010 issue of Progressive Farmer, Minnesota Project board member and farmer Dave Legvold is highlighted for his fantastic efforts to teach water quality to young students.  Dave’s long experience as a retired middle school science teacher serves him well in connecting with students and finding the best ways to capture their imagination.  Known as “Doctor Gross” to students, Dave gathers students’ attention by concocting strange mixtures of various foods to make the point about what goes down the drain and eventually into water.  Furthering the gross-out factor, and to make the point about valuing water quality, Dave then drinks the multi-food smoothie; letting students know that we all essentially drink this smoothie.  Dave’s work is vital to getting students to end the typical pattern of “flushing and forgetting,” brought on by “out-of-sight, out-of-mind” tendencies.  Instead, students who have observed Dr. Gross recognize early on the need for awareness about water quality and how individual decisions have an impact.  Thanks, Dave, for the great work!

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