Importance of watersheds to be featured at Watershed Expo 2006

The Algalita Marine Research Foundation presents the event as an interactive learning experience free to the public, offering information and educational entertainment for Southern California residents of all ages and interests. Launched with a benefit concert by Graham Nash and Jim Messina, it will be held at California's Hermosa Beach Community Center on March 24-25...

HERMOSA BEACH, CA, Feb. 15, 2006 (PRNewswire) -- The Algalita Marine Research Foundation presents Watershed Expo 2006, an interactive learning experience free to the public, offering information and educational entertainment for Southern California residents of all ages and interests. The Expo will be held on Saturday March 25 at the Hermosa Beach Community Center, 710 Pier Avenue in Hermosa Beach, CA.

Why the Expo? As residents of beach communities, we are all aware of the problems affecting our beaches and ocean caused by pollution from plastic and other man-made debris. Clean ocean water starts with all of us, and we all need to understand the watershed system, and to learn how each one of us can help solve the debris problem. That is the purpose of Watershed Expo: to teach the community about the importance of watersheds, and how to keep our rivers and oceans cleaner.

The Expo is a free, all-day community education event starting at 10:00 am and closing at 5:00 pm on March 25. Legendary rock musicians Graham Nash and Jim Messina will kick off the Expo with a special benefit concert on Friday evening, March 24, in support of the work of the Algalita Marine Research Foundation. For concert ticket information call 562-598-4889 or see the AMRF website at www.algalita.org.

Some of what will be happening at the Watershed Expo includes an all-day auditorium program hosted by Philippe Cousteau with a keynote address by Dr. Sylvia Earle. Children will be a focus of the Expo, with science exhibits by students, an exhibition on how to build an ocean-going raft out of recycled materials by Dr. Marcus Eriksen assisted by students from the Environmental Charter High School in Lawndale, and Songs of the Sea by Nick the Music Man, a popular favorite with local kids. The Expo will feature numerous educational-but-fun activities for children. The Ocean Revolution Film Festival, presented by Dr. J. Nichols, features the new Bob Talbot film narrated by Morgan Freeman. Outdoor exhibits will feature displays and representatives from other environmental groups, local aquariums, and Expo sponsors. Technical presentations will cover watershed issues, concepts, and solutions, moderated by Dr. Bill Roley, with speakers including Captain Charles Moore, Bill Wilson, Roots & Shoots, and others.

Free educational handouts on ways in which people can participate in cleaning up our watersheds will be available.

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