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8InvestinginourCommunityTEACHINGFUTURESTEWARDSAcrosstheworldwaterconsumptionhastripledinthelast50years.Managingthesupplyandavailabilityofwaterisoneofthemostcriticalnaturalresourceissuesfacingournationandtheworld.ReadyforthechallengeWSSCiscommittedtofindinginnovativewaystoePreservenaturalresourceseSaveenergyeEducatethepublicontheimportanceofprotectingourwater.WSSChostsoutreacheventstoeducatethecommunityespeciallystudentsonenvironmentallyfriendlypracticesandbehaviors.Bycultivatingawarenessandinterestinouryouthwehopetocreateenvironmentaladvocateswholiveinthecommunityunderstandtheimportanceofpreservingourpreciousnaturalresourcesandsupportourcommitmenttoprotecttheenvironmentforgenerationstocome.WSSChostsmanyeventsthatengageandeducateyouthincludingeH2OSummitAtthisfamily-friendlyeventWSSCteaches500-600peopleincludingkidshowtoreducetheircarbonfootprint.eChildrensWaterFestivalFornearlyadecadeWSSChashostedthistwo-dayeventinMaywhere600fourthgradestudentsparticipateinhands-onlearningactivitiesaboutwaterwetlandshumanhealthaquaticlifeandmore.eClassroomOutreachInFY14WSSCcontinuedoutreachtoschoolswithmorethan80visitstoclassroomstospreadthewordabouttheimportanceofdeliveringcleanwateranddisposingofwastewater.eEnvironmentalCleanupDaysThroughouttheyearWSSChostsdozensofclean-updaysonitspropertyborderingthePatuxentRiver.eGreenSchoolProgramThroughapartnershipwithWSSCstudentsfromapproximately20schoolsbuildconcreteoysterreefballsonland.ThenthenewlyformedreefsaredroppedintothebayprovidingahabitatforoysterstoflourishandcontributingtorecoveryeffortsfortheChesapeakeBay.eManagedHuntProgramWorkingwiththeMarylandDepartmentofNaturalResourcesWSSCseekstoreducedeerdamagetothewatershedforestsandsurroundingpropertieswheredeerhaveexceededthecarryingcapacityoftheavailablehabitat.eMarylandNativePlantGardenDedicatedWSSCemployeesalongwithanumberofhighschoolstudentsandmembersofWSSCsCustomerAdvisoryBoardplantedagardenstockedwithdozensofplantsnativetoMarylandinfrontofWSSCsRobertG.HocevarheadquartersinLaurel.ThegardenhighlightstherichdiversityofMarylandsnaturalhabitatandservesasasymbolofWSSCscommitmenttoenvironmentalstewardship.