Science Fair Judging & Awards

GMWEA encourages students to study water ecosystems, drinking water filtration, source protection, wastewater treatment, stormwater management, pollution prevention and remediation, and other subjects that bear upon our most precious resource.  GMWEA's members and affiliates regularly volunteer to provide free, expert review of water quality-related curricula and projects.  

For more information, contact Daniel Hecht, GMWEA executive director, at 

GMWEA offers a number of programs and services for schools for students K-12.

  • Science fair judging of water-related research projects, including the annual Vermont Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Fair (VtSTEM).
  • Scholarships for students demonstrating excellent research on water-related topics, including the annual Stockholm Junior Water Prize.
  • Free basic water quality test kits for students grades 3 - 8.
  • Free guided tours of water, wastewater, and stormwater management facilities throughout Vermont.
  • Sponsorships of youth-oriented water-recreation events.

Facility Tours -- Water Quality Day & All Year 

Many water and wastewater facilities welcome visitors year round; contact your municipal facility or GMWEA to schedule a tour.  On Water Quality Day, hundreds of students and the general public visit facilities statewide for fun and informative tours and activities.  Click here to learn more about Water Quality Day tours for students.

For more information and scheduling calendar for water test kits or facility tours, contact Lisa Goodell at, or Daniel Hecht, GMWEA executive director, at

89 Main St., Suite 4, Montpelier, VT 05602   

School Programs

Free Water Quality Test Kit Program

GMWEA provides 100 of these basic testing kits to schools each year, in time for spring semester field-learning activities. Provided by the World Water Monitoring Challenge, we provide 100 of these $16 kits without charge to schools on a first-come, first-served basis. In 2019, 440 students at 58 schools throughout Vermont used GMWEA's kits!

The kits provide a hands-on, grade-appropriate tool that assesses four key variables of surface waters in their communities -- pH, dissolved oxygen, temperature, and turbidity. Students can take samples from streams, ponds, wetlands, or lakes and bring them to class for analysis.  Each kit can be used for 50 rounds of testing!

GMWEA offers this free program as a public service to encourage awareness of the importance of water quality in Vermont.  We provide 100 kits per year, enough for 1,000 students to perform the tests. They're provided on a first-come, first-served basis; to request kits, contact Lisa Goodell at