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Water, water everywhere: Delaware's Water Quest Scavenger Hunt kicks off Oct. 7

Rachael Vaicunas knows a good bit about water resources in the First State. After all, she’s a University of Delaware grad student in bioresources engineering, studying such topics as watershed management, bioremediation and non-point pollution.

But Vaicunas says she learned a lot from a Water Quest Scavenger Hunt last fall – like the fact that an inflatable dam in the White Clay Creek, 10 miles downstream from Newark, helps prevent tidal flow of salt water into a nearby water treatment plant. She also picked up some purely fun facts, including that Sambo’s Tavern in Leipisc has been serving up Delaware crabs for more than 50 years. Vaicunas competed in the hunt with three other UD grad students.

“One of our clues took us to Sambo’s; another had us up in a tower at Fort Delaware State Park,” says Vaicunas. “We had a great time taking part in the hunt.” (full article)