Warren — While cheering each other on, fourth and fifth graders from Yacks Elementary School raced to pour as much water as possible into white buckets.

They were playing a game meant to teach them about saving water.

The activity was among the sessions hosted Tuesday during the Lake St. Clair Water Festival at Macomb Community College.

The event, in its ninth year, drew nearly 1,400 elementary students from Macomb County to learn about water conservation and preservation.

Professionals from the Prosecutor’s Office, Public Works, Huron-Clinton Metroparks and other local businesses led the presentations.

“I think it’s important to promote that recycling is going to help save our resources,” said Claudette Wizniuk, an environmental educator with Macomb Public Works, who led the water preservation activity. “Trees are a renewable resource but water, we are not going to get that back.”

Students watched storm drain robot demonstrations, learned how authorities catch polluters, and visited a booth with frogs, turtles and snakes.

“Water is such a part of who we are,” said Meghan Mott, a program coordinator at Macomb Community College. “They learn how to be a responsible steward of those water resources.”

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