Kaysville, Utah, Apr 20, 2012 -- For immediate release
RURAL DEVELOPMENT CELEBRATES EARTH DAY WITH LOCAL STUDENTS
USDA Rural Development presents Kaysville school with tree, water conservation tips
SALT LAKE CITY, April 20, 2012 – Students at Endeavour Elementary in Kaysville, Utah celebrated Earth Day Thursday with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Development agency. Agency representative Jamie Welch Jaro and students discussed the water cycle, Utah drought conditions and ways students can conserve water in their daily lives. The event was further marked by the presentation of a donated tree to the school.
Students learned the importance of recycling and that keeping drains clear of debris and harmful chemicals maintains a clean water supply. They also learned ways to save water such as taking short showers, maintaining sprinkler systems so they water plants only, planting water-wise plants and turning off the faucet while brushing your teeth or washing your hands.
Rural Development State Director Dave Conine said, “Children must learn to care for the Earth and sustain its natural life cycles. Our water and land is as important today as it ever will be.”
Every year Rural Development provides loans and grants to rural areas for water and wastewater improvement projects. In fiscal year 2011 Rural Development in Utah provided $4,827,800 in grants and loans to rural areas to improve their water systems and ensure healthy communities.
USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, administers and manages housing, business and community infrastructure and facility programs through a national network of state and local offices. Rural Development has an active portfolio of more than $165 billion in affordable loans and loan guarantees. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America.
Contact: Jamie Welch Jaro, Public Affairs Officer, Jamie.WelchJaro@ut.usda.gov (801) 524-4324