Watershed monitoring program receives $2,600-plus “Green Gift” from Cellcom

top-story-watershedUW-Green Bay’s Lower Fox River Watershed Monitoring Program received $2,679 from Cellcom Tuesday (Nov. 4), accepting the “Green Gift” donation as part of the company’s cellphone recycling program.

LFRWMP Outreach and Education Coordinator Annette Pelegrin was on hand for the check presentation, which took place during a morning Biology class at West De Pere High School. The program is a network of Northeastern Wisconsin high school teachers and students who collaborate with UW-Green Bay scientists on a long-term watershed monitoring program, coupling watershed education with the collection of high-quality scientific data. The Cellcom Green Gift will support these efforts, officials said.

“Our program strengthens citizen knowledge of issues impairing the health of our fresh water resources and inspires community stewardship of the Fox-Wolf River Basin and Green Bay,” Pelegrin said. “Additionally, we provide innovative hands-on environmental science opportunities for students and add to a body of scientific data about our watersheds.”

A total of $32,000 was given out to 26 green organizations in Cellcom’s service area, officials said. The company has offered cellphone recycling since 2004 and the Green Gift program since 2010. Through the program, Cellcom donates its recycling funds to environmentally minded area nonprofits.

More information about the Lower Fox River Watershed Monitoring Program is available online