DPS students learn about water at Belle Isle festival

The Detroit News

Several hundred middle school students from Detroit Public Schools spent Thursday learning about local water resources during an event on Belle Isle.

During the Detroit River Water Festival, students went canoeing, used squirt guns to learn about erosion and dug through trays of river muck looking for insects.

The event is intended to teach the students about ecosystems, the hydrologic cycle and the role the Detroit River plays in the region’s quality of life.

The festival was led by the Friends of the Detroit River, supported by the DTE Energy Foundation and the Cranbrook Institute of Science.