Rock Valley College

26th Annual Youth Groundwater Festival at RVC

Posted: Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Media Contact: RVC Public Relations, 815-921-4510

Event Date: Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Event Contact: Lynnette Danzl-Tauer, Ph.D.

Rock Valley College is proud to host the 26th Annual Youth Groundwater Festival on Tuesday, March 10, 2020. The festival will be held on RVC’s main campus, 3301 N. Mulford Rd., Rockford, from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Roughly five hundred and fifty 4th and 5th grade students and nearly 100 Rock Valley College students and community volunteers will be on campus, participating in fun, hands-on activities related to groundwater. 

The festival will follow National Groundwater Awareness Week, March 8-14, 2020. (

Groundwater is the source of drinking water in this region. Unfortunately, because of the sensitive geology in the area, combined with industrial, agricultural, business and personal activities, we are at risk for groundwater contamination. With continuous education on groundwater protection, we hope to ensure safe drinking water for future generations.   

The Youth Groundwater Festival is a learning fair where education is used as the key to address the issue of groundwater protection. Students will participate in activities like "Dripial Pursuit" hosted by Eric Wilson, Water Testing, Groundwater modeling, and "the Incredible Journey" game.

Supporting and coordinating agencies of this learning fair are:  Rock Valley College, Winnebago County Health Department, Burpee Museum of Natural History, League of Women Voters of Greater Rockford, and the Northern Illinois Regional Groundwater Protection Planning Committee. Regional partners include Boone County Conservation District, Boone County Health Department, Boone County Soil & Water Conservation District, City of Belvidere, City of Rockford, City of Loves Park, Illinois Department of Public Health, Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, McHenry County Community College, McHenry County Health Department, North Part Water District, Rockford Park District, RSVP/Luther Social Services, Severson Dells Environmental Center, Winnebago/Boonen County Farm Bureau, and  and Winnebago County Soil & Water Conservation District.