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Students had a close-up view of some fish at the annual Groundwater Festival, which took place at the Runestone Community Center in Alexandria on Wednesday. (Photo by Lowell Anderson)1 / 2
Fourth grade students from Douglas County had a chance to learn about water and its importance to the environment at the 20th annual Groundwater Festival. One of the favorite parts of the event for many students was making bubbles, which helps them learn about surface tension and other water qualities. (Photo by Lowell Anderson)2 / 2

Students from across Douglas County went hands-on Wednesday participating in the 20th annual Kids' Groundwater Festival in Alexandria.

More than 500 fourth graders absorbed information about local water resources and the importance of maintaining its quality. Groups rotated through several learning activities during the day, including an opportunity to put pond water samples under a microscope, and lessons on how wildlife are affected by water quality.

Students also took in special presentations and displays brought in for the 20th anniversary of the festival.

Over the last 19 years, nearly 10,000 students have attended the water festival, which is made possible by donations from local businesses, organizations and agencies.

Amy Chaffins

Amy Chaffins is a journalist working for the Echo Press newspaper in Alexandria, Minnesota.

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