A few weeks ago in Kenora, Ontario, the interns in our Drinking Water Internship Program took part in a week-long introduction to water science in the environmental field.
After a long week of studying for the Operator in Training Exam, the interns were able to get out on the land, experiment with some hands-on activities, and experience some of the things they may do after completing the internship.
The first day involved an introduction to equipment and field sheets, as well as some time for reflections and observations. The following day the interns split into two groups to conduct a variety of activities (water quality, benthic sampling, etc.) — one group on the lake and the other in the stream.
Before being mailed out, all resource kits will be carefully prepared, while adhering to strict COVID appropriate sanitization and safety measures.
On the third day we held an adventure race, which had the interns using their GPS units to determine specific locations, followed by a tour of the Kenora Water Treatment Plant on day four.
On the final day of Enviro Week we had a water ceremony to close out the week. Judy Da Silva, Environmental Health Coordinator and activist from Grassy Narrows First Nation, joined us to lead the ceremony and conclude an amazing week.