EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS

PUBLIC OUTREACH

The Fairfield-Suisun Sewer District takes pride in its Educational Programs by creating partnerships and collaborate with schools and community organizations to increase knowledge and create positive changes in behavior that limit impacts on wastewater systems and the environment.

For more information about the OWOW, CWOP, SWEP or to request a copy of the curriculum and teacher materials, please contact:

Emily Corwin
707-428-9138

Our Water Our World

OUR WATER OUR WORLD (OWOW)

Learn the best less-toxic and eco-friendly gardening techniques!  OWOW is a partnership between city- and county-based water pollution prevention agencies, such as Fairfield-Suisun Sewer District, garden centers and hardware stores that sell pest control products.

BRING IN THE POLLINATORS
In addition to bees and butterflies, the insects, birds, and mammals that pollinate plants are vital to sustaining our food supply and ecosystems. Learn who these garden visitors are, how to create environments to attract and protect them, and see the wide variety of nectar and pollen-rich flowers you can plant in your garden to support them throughout the seasons. If you are looking to invite more pollinators to your garden, this is the program for you!

GROW YOUR OWN SALAD

Learn how to grow your own salad ingredients from scratch. This workshop will teach you how to reduce water needs for seasonal vegetable gardening and what to plant in the spring to maximize the harvest season. This class will also cover how to incorporate organic maintenance techniques, including how to use compost and cover crops.

DROUGHT PROOF GARDENING

In this workshop your will learn the basics on how to keep your garden happy and healthy using water-saving strategies in a more environmental friendly way.

SCHOOL WATER EDUCATION PROGRAM (SWEP)

The SWEP provides FREE water education resources to teach water awareness and conservation to students, teachers and parents in Solano County.

The in-class education programs as well as the resource materials and assembly programs are innovative, fun, multi-disciplinary and aligned to the content standards for California public schools for all grade levels (K-Twelve).

SWEP’s offerings encourage students and adults to develop a healthy attitude of personal responsibly toward our environment and to develop skills needed to contribute meaningfully to the decision-making process on issues involving our resources, in particular conserving our most precious natural resource, WATER.

CLEAN WATER OUTREACH PROGRAM (CWOP)

Seeking to raise the bar on environmental education, the Fairfield-Suisun Sewer District (FSSD), in cooperation with educators from the UC Davis John Muir Institute of the Environment, developed the Clean Water Outreach Program (CWOP) for secondary school students.

The program’s curriculum:

  • Exceeds California State Board of Education standards;
  • Can be readily adopted by local educators;
  • Applies chemistry, biology, and physics to real-life problems;
  • Engages youth in environmental stewardship; and
  • Introduces students to career opportunities in the water and wastewater industry

Sewer Science students

During a Sewer Science Lab, Fairfield High School environmental science teacher, Jill Bolduc helps two students identify an organism living in “activated sludge” from the sewer treatment plant. The full-color microscope guide is provided by FSSD to participating teachers as well as microscope slides and cover slips at no cost.

Sewer Science students

Fairfield High School students sort and count “creek critters” as indicators of water quality.

TEACHER MATERIALS

A set of teaching materials has been developed, including annotated Power Point presentations that describe the wastewater treatment process, relate the process to science standards, and provide step-by-step instructions about the classroom activities.  The materials also include student worksheets, expected lab results, lab station instructions, and class posters that support the curriculum.

See Sewer Science and Curb2Creek in Action!

Click on the videos to learn more about available teachers’ materials and the high level of student participation.

Curb2Creek Program