By Tom Kreidel, NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic Public Affairs
CRANE, Ind. (NNS) -- The environmental team from Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Mid-Atlantic's Public Works Department Crane hosted and participated in a variety of events April 22-24, honoring Earth Week.
Each year, Earth Day -- April 22 -- marks the anniversary of what many consider the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. Over the years Earth Day activities have grown outside of just the one day of the year, with events happening during the week and throughout the month of April.
According to Jim Riggins, PWD Crane environmental division manager, Earth Week events at Crane kicked off with the 31st annual Team Crane Science and Engineering Fair at WestGate Academy, where more than 150 students from sixth to 12th grade were on hand.
"Crane's continued efforts in working and training our area youth are considered a most critical investment towards future environmental stewardship," explained Riggins.
PWD Crane's displays at this event included those dedicated to wildlife on the base and information on bats.
There was also a display about USS Constitution, as wood from trees on base are used for repairs to "Old Ironsides" in Boston.
Riggins added that many environmental partners from the area were involved in Crane's Earth Day celebration.
"The engagement of representatives from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife bat species experts, friends of the Goose Pond historian, NSWC Crane and Crane Army leaders, and the Indiana Department of Environmental Management represents the firm fundamental and positive relationships we have with our partners who help us accomplish our objectives of environmental stewardship and compliance," he added.
On April 23, PWD Crane hosted tours for local high school students that included demonstrations on geology, the Clean Water Act and a study of macro-invertebrates near Lake Greenwood on base.
The environmental team led a cleanup of the shoreline of Lake Greenwood April 24, picking up hundreds of pounds of trash along the shoreline.
"There is a lot to take care of here at Crane," said Riggins. "But as evidenced in last week's activities, Crane's environmental team is very proud of our resources and takes extremely good care of them."