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VIMAS Launches Water Quality Education Program in VI Schools

On Monday, Nov.18, the Virgin Islands Marine Advisory Service (VIMAS) launched a Water Quality Education Program, with the Charlotte Amalie High School piloting the program. The program is expected to expand to include other high schools and middle schools in St. Thomas and St. Croix, in 2020. The new program is intended to educate Virgin Islands youth on the importance of water in our everyday lives, and how to properly test water quality, as well as filter unclean water.

“There are water crises happening all over the world such as the lead contamination in Flint Michigan to water shortages in South Africa and our team wants to bring awareness to these issues and highlight what is currently being done to address these issues,” said Howard Forbes Jr., coordinator of VIMAS, St. Thomas.

The program is being facilitated through a sub-award of $28,000 in grant funds provided by the Water Resources Institute at the University of the Virgin Islands. The program will continue until June 2020. The areas VIMAS will focus on include education, outreach and research practices.

More information is available in a news release on the Media Section of the UVI website – - and from this direct link