Youth Water Summit helps students connect learning to real world issues

MOSCOW, ID - Over 100 high school students are visiting the University of Idaho campus for the First Annual Youth Water Summit.

A group of U of I graduate students received a grant from the National Science Foundation to organize the event and encourage high schoolers to learn about their local water issue. Monday, students presented research ranging from water restoration projects to stream maintenance and pollutant control.

"The kids are so excited about it and it's really cool to see them working on such a professional level and communication their science and their research, and really connecting what they're learning in school to real world issues," said U of I Graduate Student Becky Rittenburg.

These students are from Post Falls, Coeur d'Alene, Moscow, Potlatch and Saint Maries. Their projects were judged and evaluated by professionals in the industries affects by their research. The Water Summit will continue through Tuesday, and the organizers hope to bring it back again next year.