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Earth Day Project Showcases Positive Partnership

On Friday, April 22, the Portland Water District (PWD) is offering a free, public hike along nature trails that meander through Maine’s abundant habitats near Sebago Lake: Thanks to a little help from USM’s Environmental Studies students. 

The Portland Water District works with schools to expand learning outside the classroom including a long-standing partnership with the Department of Environmental Science (DES) at the University of Southern Maine.

This year USM Environmental Studies students will spend Earth Day grooming the Vernal Pools Trail along Sebago Lake which connects to the Sebago to the Sea trail. 

Environmental Studies students regularly use PWD properties for class projects, tour water and wastewater facilities, and some have become Portland Water District interns and employees. Professor and Chair of USM’s Department of Environmental Studies, Robert Sanford explains, “We use PWD as an example of responsible water resource management in our efforts to prepare students for challenging environmental jobs and graduate school, as well as to be effective stewards in their own lives.”

“PWD's trails are very popular.  Our many visitors will benefit from the 'spring cleaning' of trails that these USM students are doing to celebrate Earth Day,” state Lynne Richard, Environmental Education Coordinator for the Portland Water District. 

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