Since 2009, the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District (NEORSD) has played an integral role in supporting the work that we do at Drink Local. Drink Tap., Inc. NEORSD has been involved in our World Water Day activities each year, and through their continued support, we have been able to expand our Wavemaker Program – we now provide education on the role that water plays in each of our lives to students in more than 50 classrooms each year. Without NEORSD’s continued support and their tireless efforts to protect our Great Lake, none of this would have been possible.
But our relationship with NEORSD is so much more than just a sponsorship. It has continued to grow and expand, as they find creative new ways to connect our work with theirs. NEORSD staff are now actively involved in the Wavemaker Program, taking the lead to provide additional curriculum or following up on our visits to partner schools to build upon what the students have learned and demonstrate its real world applications. This active engagement is a part of NEORSD’s much larger community outreach effort, of which DLDT is just one piece. From their continued campaigns to teach the people of this region about how our individual actions – whether failing to clean up after our dogs or allowing litter to clog our storm sewers – directly affect the health of Lake Erie to their ongoing advocacy to make Cleveland a truly green city on a blue lake, NEORSD is at the forefront of water issues in this region.
But that’s not to say that our partnership is all work and no play – far from it. NEORSD’s official liquid mascot, Wally Waterdrop, routinely appears at DLDT events to engage with our students and bring a plush, felt face to water. DLDT and NEORSD agree that we can’t waste opportunities to make learning about water fun. That’s why we like to make sure that our events are overflowing with opportunities for adults and children, alike, to be awash in hands-on learning.
For these reasons, DLDT is glad to announce that NEORSD has agreed to become a Lake Level sponsor for our 2015 4 Miles 4 Water event, which takes place May 9th, 2015 at Cleveland Metroparks’ Edgewater Park. Their Lake Level sponsorship not only helps us put on a free, family friendly All Things Water Festival and concert, but also supports our local and global water programming year round. That programming includes our monthly beach cleanups, the Wavemaker Program, our annual 4 Miles 4 Water event, and so much more.