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Camp teaches importance of water

The Flint RiverQuarium welcomed more than 100 4-H members from South Georgia to the fifth annual 4-H2O Camp.

The campers will participate in hands-on science activities focusing on water and ecosystems.

Flint RiverQuarium CEO Sanders Lewallen says teaching children about the importance of water now will be beneficial for the future.

"It's really important now to reach the minds and hearts of young people growing up because we're handing off this great resource to them. They can have a great role in protecting it and conserving it for their kids and their kids to come," said Lewallen.

Southwest Georgia is suffering through an extreme drought right now.  You can see the proof in the Flint River.

The Flint River is at its lowest level in nearly 100 years. Camp workers say this camp maybe the key in the future of aquatic life here in Southwest Georgia."

"It's the key to everything. Water is water is the most important thing we have really. We're in the middle of a drought and we should be very careful with our use of water. All of life and our future hinging on that," said Lewallen.

Education Manager Melissa Martin said one of the best ways to conserve water and beat the drought is to plant indigenous plants and crops.

"Plant native. Native plants are great. They already know the area and soil. They can grow in it. They understand the drought. They understand how to get wet and they can really grow well in a drought type situation," said Martin.

The camp will provide lessons and knowledge that will hopefully last a lifetime and better prepare the future generations when their water supply is in jeopardy.

After the campers learn about water, they'll actually have time to have fun it. On the last day the campers will soak up the sun at Water World in Dothan, Alabama.

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