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2001 - Government Awards - Education & Promotion - Tulsa County Blue Thumb

  Tulsa County Blue Thumb project assistant Kristi Taylor accepted the KOB award of excellence
Tulsa County Blue Thumb is a water quality education program that not only left its impressive print on 832 storm drains and more than 14,000 Tulsa County residents last year, it also has inspired 16 similar Blue Thumb programs across the state.

Blue Thumb volunteers go through 40-hours of training on how to scientifically monitor Tulsa area creeks and they learn about the many facets of water quality.

  A stream biology class at Mill Creek School is shown at McClure Park in Tulsa where they are learning about macro-invertebrates that exist in the water
The volunteers are equipped with “Storm Sewer in a Suitcase,” a hands-on tool that shows how nonpoint source pollution is created.

Two years ago, the program earned the National Earth Team Volunteer Award and our judges lauded it as “An important environmental message delivered in an imaginative, yet tangible way.”

FOR SERVING SO EFFECTIVELY AS BOTH AN OUTREACH PROGRAM AND A MODEL FOR OTHER COMMUNITIES, TULSA COUNTY BLUE THUMB IS GOOD NEWS FOR OKLAHOMA’S WATERSHEDS!