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(August 26, 2019)

The City of Omaha invites the public to the annual World O! Water festival on Saturday, September 7th.

World O! Water is a free, public event that takes at Wehrspann Lake in the Chalco Hills Recreation Area from 12:00 pm - 4:00 p.m.

Participants at World O! Water will learn about water conservation, pollution prevention, and recreation, as well as sediment and erosion control, litter reduction, recycling, and much more. Through numerous educational activities and demonstrations, participants will become more aware of how they can affect the quality, availability and sustainability of local water resources. Visitors can participate in science experiments, canoe rides, face painting, nature hikes, water safety and life jacket fitting, and demonstrations by local ecology experts.

Water pollution is harmful to the environment and can limit the amount of water available for us to use at home, work, and play. Pollution can come from many sources including homes, businesses, and industry. The good news is that it is preventable. The World O! Water event aims to educate the public on simple everyday actions that will keep pollutants out of our water.

In addition to the City of Omaha Public Works Department, sponsors of World O! Water include Keep Omaha Beautiful, the Papio-Missouri River National Resources District, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, and the Papillion Creek Watershed Partnership. Lunch will be provided by Hy-Vee on a first come, first served basis and the first 250 families will receive a free tree to take home thanks to a partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation & FedEx, as well as Metropolitan Utilities District. World O! Water is a rain or shine event. All ages and abilities, your family, friends, and even your dog, is welcome to attend.

For additional information on parking, activities and more, please go to www.WorldOWater.org.

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