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USM Student Service-Learning Projects Address Casco Bay Region Water Quality

Westbrook's River Walk along the Presumpscot River

What are the environmental problems along Westbrook's river corridor? What values and cultural beliefs about water usage are held by Maine's newest immigrants? How safe are local brook trout to eat? How can community planning contribute to environmental responsibility?

These are among the questions addressed by a diverse group of USM courses this semester that came together to work on a grant funded by the Northern New England Campus Compact and the Environmental Protection Agency's Environmental Education Sub-Grants Program.

Students from five courses across several disciplines have spent the fall 2013 semester engaging in service-learning projects that address water quality issues in the Casco Bay region.

These students will present their projects in a “Guerrilla Poster Session” from 12:30-2:30 p.m., Friday, December 6, in the Wishcamper Atrium on USM’s Portland campus. The event is free and open to the public and refreshments will be served.