Senator Chuck Wiger Praises Award-Winning Water Conservation Program at Senate Hearing
Race 2 Reduce program educates students about water resources and engages youth to be leaders of change
St. Paul, Minn. – Senator Chuck Wiger (DFL-Maplewood) today praised the award-winning Race 2 Reduce water conservation program at an E-12 Finance Committee hearing.
During the hearing, Sen. Wiger provided public testimony about a bipartisan bill he introduced (Senate File 2577) that requests $253,000 for the program, of which $143,000 is for H2O for Life and $110,000 is for White Bear Lake Area Schools. The funds will be used to complete the curriculum module development, drafting, implementation and dissemination. Final curriculum products would be made available to schools throughout Minnesota. The Race 2 Reduce project last year won the state Environmental Initiative Award, which honors projects that have achieved extraordinary outcomes by harnessing the power of partnership.
“Our community should know that there we have made progress over the years to protect our water resources,” said Sen. Wiger. “By expanding the Race 2 Reduce program, we can further develop our efforts to preserve and protect our water resources and provide our youth with the tools necessary to tackle these issues.”
Race 2 Reduce educational programs are developed and implemented by a local non-profit H2O for Life, the White Bear Lake Area Schools, and Mahtomedi Public Schools. The program educates students about local water resources and introduces water conservation into the community through youth as leaders of change.