In 2010, CCWCD and the Poudre Learning Center (PLC) decided to revitalize the WWP by investing in the drilling of three water well test sites at the PLC in Greeley. These wells helped respark the importance of why we need to teach students and teachers about groundwater and its importance as a natural resource.
The focus group of Well Watch Program (WWP) has been teachers and students from third grade through college. The complexity of groundwater science makes it accessible for student involvement at all levels. The levels of questions students ask or want to investigate vary also with the amount of background information they possess. To enable any student to reach higher-level inquiry questions, meaningful background information must be infused into a curriculum. This is what we have tried to do with the WWP. This project is giving students the opportunity to be involved with real life science investigation and the ability to share it with other students and scientist. Not many science projects give students this opportunity! The WWP works with teachers to provide these experiences for students. We have provided workshop opportunities for teachers to help build their content background knowledge.
We have also gone into teacher’s classrooms to assist them with the WWP curriculum and water quality testing from the well at their school. Teachers are extremely overloaded with normal school activities and are reluctant to take on any additional task. This is why we have worked with teachers so closely. We know the success of students being given this opportunity depends on our assistance and support to teachers.