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Posted 4/28/2014

Release no. 14-024


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Bret Streckwald
563-582-0881

Dubuque, IA - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Mississippi River Project announces the 23rd annual Eco-Meet on Friday May 16th.  This special event will be held at Eagle Point Park in Dubuque, Iowa from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm.

An Eco-Meet is a team competition between area 4th and 5th graders to promote the better use of natural resources, and it enables the Corps of Engineers to become involved with educators and students by offering a program which stimulates a greater awareness in the environment.  This year, there are 19 schools registered from the tri-state area. Some schools will be traveling from as far as the Guttenberg and Clinton, IA areas. Topics covered in the competition include: “Animals Around Us”, “Water Safety”, “Forests Are More Than Just Trees”, and “Fish of The Mississippi River”. These topics will be covered by professionals in the field from the Army Corps of Engineers, Iowa DNR, and other experts. 

The Eco-Meet is a joint effort between the Corps of Engineers, Dubuque’s Leisure Service Department – Park Division; Dubuque Audubon Society; and other volunteers.  Local businesses donate items which include Papa John’s Pizza. 

For more information please contact the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers by calling Park Rangers at (563) 582-0881.