Pathway to Water Quality Celebrating 25 Years of Soil and Water Quality Education on August 4
For release: Friday, July 28, 2017
Indianapolis - Pathway to Water Quality (PWQ), one of the country's premiere outdoor exhibits, will celebrate 25 years of conservation education on the opening day of the 2017 Indiana State Fair, Friday, August 4.
Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch, Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development, will join representatives from the Indiana Conservation Partnership, Indiana State Fairgrounds and PWQ's Steering Committee at 9:30 a.m. at the entrance to Pathway. They will dedicate Pathway's latest conservation practice on display, the green roof over the exhibit's greeter gazebo. Construction of the roof was made possible by a U.S. EPA 319 grant to PWQ.
Pathway to Water Quality debuted at the 1992 Farm Progress Show held in Columbus, Indiana. It was recreated in 1993 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. It is a model watershed showing how land "sheds" water or drains to a common place such as a river, lake, stream, marsh or groundwater. The walking tour through Pathway showcases conservation actions that can be implemented at home, on the farm, or in the suburbs.
A green roof is a low-maintenance roof system that uses plants to absorb and store rainwater like a sponge. The roof is covered with plants that capture water when it rains, slowly releasing it through evaporation and plant use. Green roofs can significantly reduce the amount of rain water that would otherwise run off a conventional roof surface.