|Metropolitan Water District Director David De Jesus, center and Mike Holmes, Assistant General Manager of the Three Valleys Water District, present a check for $10,000 for the AGRIscapes facility at Cal Poly Pomona to Peggy Sears-Perry.|
|Dr. Barclay Hudson describes the future of AGRIscapes for rerpresentatives from the Metropolitan Water District as they donated $10,000 for the AGRIscapes facility at Cal Poly Pomona.|
|Dr. Peggy Sears-Perry shows representatives from the Metropolitan Water District where gardens will be planted after they donated $10,000 for the AGRIscapes facility at Cal Poly Pomona.|
In an ongoing effort to help better inform the public on agricultural and conservation issues, Cal Poly Pomona has received a $10,000 grant from the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California to benefit the Environmental Education Garden at AGRIscapes.
?This is a wonderful gift that will help support what we feel will be an important project to better educate the public on natural resource conservation and sustainability,? said Peggy Sears Perry, director of education at AGRIscapes and a professor in the university?s Horticulture, Plant & Soil Science department.
Still in the initial planning stage, the two-acre Environmental Education Garden will offer visitors a view of 21st century gardening efforts, highlighting alternatives to standard methods including over watering and pesticide usage. It would also offer special informational opportunities for children that visit AGRIscapes as part of school field trip tours.
David De Jesus, the Three Valleys Municipal Water District representative on the MWD board of directors, presented Perry with the check at a ceremony in the AGRIscapes Visitors Center on Wednesday, Aug. 21. The grant is part of $600,000 in awards and in-kind services the MWD?s Community Partnering Program will distribute during the current fiscal year in an effort to increase public awareness about water issues and policies in Southern California.
“We are in an era where there is a great demand on our water supply with all the new development taking place,” said De Jesus. “This is one viable program MWD has seen as a way of promoting water conservation.”