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The city develops a “Cloudburst” game for the protection of rivers


FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – City Utilities is always looking for ways to educate the community about our waterways. His new tool is a game called “Cloudburst” which offers a unique way to teach others how to prevent pollution of our rivers.

Built from a model from another Dartmouth game, “Cloudburst” can be played solo or with up to 4 players while you work together to keep stormwater from spreading the pollution it picks up from runoff in. fields and streets. Players can keep pollution away by using pollution chips, but when you flip a card it can add rain or spread the pollution in different directions. The goal is to prevent stormwater from spreading further while learning real life applications along the way.

“I really hope they take that connection, the ‘A-ha’ moment. Let them play the game and understand when they are driving down the street and they see muddy water flowing out. in a drain, it’s the sediment that was in the game, it’s the erosion, ”said Jennifer Lash, program manager at City Utilities.

A game of “Cloudburst” takes around 10 to 15 minutes and is designed in such a way that players have fun while capturing important messages.

“We put it into the game. One of the messages is that it’s much easier to avoid that than to clean up afterwards,” said John Kaufeld, Business Services Coordinator for the City of Fort Wayne. , “As you play the game, one of your decisions is: Am I protecting multiple spaces or cleaning just one?” Well, sometimes it makes sense to clean just one, but most of the time it makes sense to protect. So we’re trying to get this message across, but we’re trying to do it in a really subtle way. “

The game is free and can be downloaded here. If you want a hard copy of “Cloudburst” you will need to find the Stormwater Educator when he does presentations around town.