World O! Water is a free annual event, aimed at educating the public about water conservation, quality and recreation. Come learn what you can do to ensure this invaluable resource is here for us to enjoy now and for future generations. Some of the World O! Water activities include:
The event began in 2005 and was put together by Keep Omaha Beautiful. There were approximately 20 participating organizations that were distributing information and the event drew 100 attendees the first year. The event has grown tremendously each year, 750 attendees in year two, and 3000 attendees in years 3 & 4. The event is now coordinated through a committee consisting of several stakeholders, including City of Omaha, Nebraska Game and Parks, Papio NRD, and Keep Omaha Beautiful. The number of participating organizations at the event has grown to over 60. This event is held at Wehrspann Lake in Sarpy County, Nebraska. The primary objective is to educate the public, bring to light the many stormwater issues of which they can have an impact, and make them aware of the necessity for good water stewards. Issues covered include pollution prevention, water conservation, household hazardous waste, sediment and erosion control, litter reduction, recycling and many others. Organizations presenting information vary from local government to environmental organizations to sporting organizations to conservation groups to national retailers. The only requirements to participate as a presenter is that no sales of any kind take place in the park and that the message they are presenting is related to a positive impact on water. While presenting an educational aspect to the public, the event also engages them in fun activities such as canoe rides, nature hikes, children’s games, animal presentations, crafts, and science experiments. There are lunches provided on a first come first serve basis, in addition to prizes being awarded through a raffle system. This event continues to gain support each year and hopefully will become a part of an annual tradition for many families throughout Omaha and the surrounding communities.