‘Ditch the ditches’ campaign targets childhood drownings

From the Albuquerque Journal: Drownings are among the leading causes of unintentional death for children age 4 and younger, but enrolling children in a program to teach swimming “reduces the chance of a child drowning by 88 percent,” said Josh Herbert, aquatics manager for the City Parks and Recreation Department, and the chair of the…

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City of Albuquerque Offering Free Swim Passes for Kids

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From KRQE.com: The City of Albuquerque is encouraging families to “ditch the ditches” by giving away free swim passes for kids under 17. It’s a move by the city to help keep kids safe this summer. The city hopes the promotion will provide a safe option to swimming or playing in ditches and arroyos. Passes…

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Mascot warns of flood danger

From the Albuquerque Journal: A new, bright blue, furry and life-sized critter will be teaching New Mexico kids about the dangers of flash flooding in arroyos and ditches. The yet-to-be-named mascot was created as part of the Ditch and Water Safety Task Force’s Ditch the Ditches campaign and will be visiting elementary schools across the…

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