Six-inch bullfrogs, eight student-made birdhouses and thousands of honeybees were among the things waiting for 50 fifth-graders from Mill Pond School as they visited their utility neighbors on the east side of the Assabet River.
Westborough, Mass. is among several infrastructure systems operated by Veolia North America evaluated for their ability to promote plant and animal life on its property.
Veolia selected this community's wastewater treatment facility, and this week, the plant offered a field trip to share their latest efforts with local students — many of whom are concluding a major curriculum on biodiversity.
The event was divided into five stations, each one with a different activity showing how the operations team is furthering various species' populations. An "Introduction to Biodiversity" class kicked off the trip, followed by a pollination garden, beekeeping structure, birdhouse-making workshop and, finally, an aquatic ecosystem.
“One of the cornerstones of this wastewater facility is reducing its carbon footprint, which can have a major impact on local wildlife,” said Sean Hennessey, Westborough Project Manager for Veolia. “I know the students here today learned a great deal about how biodiversity furthers that goal.”
Read more about how utility systems like the Westborough Wastewater Treatment Plant can promote biodiversity on Planet North America.