Urban water program aims to improve the Wabash

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – An urban water program teams Purdue University and Tecumseh Junior High together to improve the Wabash River. Last week more than 100 Tecumseh students and 14 Purdue students relandscaped the courtyard at Tecumseh.

Students put mulch down and planted 20 different plant species, all native to Indiana. The project is part of an Urban Waters System class at Purdue.

Monday the Purdue students visited the school to show a presentation on how redone are can help produce cleaner ground water.

Purdue Junior Connor Rate said the class and project teach students how to practice greener living.

“Those people who are aware of this project, they become aware of their practices. Instead of dumping a can of oil in the ground, maybe they think about not doing that. We want to change that mindset of small projects, but big impacts,” said Rate.

Over the next year, Rate said more than 34 gallons of rain water will drain through the courtyard. Rate said the plants will help filter the water, which will eventually flow into the Wabash River.

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