Founded in early 1971 as an extension of the anti-pollution campaigns conducted for twenty years by a citizen’s organization, the Monroe County Conservation League.
Monroe County Conservation League represented over 6,000 people through 20 various conservation and sportsman’s clubs.
“ If you talk in general terms about lost beauty and how the rivers are full of junk, you will get nowhere. To impress the politicians and bureaucrats; you need test results, expert witnesses, samples, photos, statistics”
Quote from founder Wayne M. Harris
March 1972 issue of Changing Times national magazine
Thus Delta Laboratories Inc, a 501c3 non-profit environmental organization was born.
“Delta” – means “the difference”, Delta Laboratories endeavor’s to identify THE DIFFERENCE between what the environment is and what it should be. Delta also is the 4th letter of the Greek alphabet and it’s symbol is the triangle, the three corners represent water, land, and air.
Tag Line “From a modest beginning…To landmark achievements…Affecting millions of people.”
90% of Delta’s early fundraising and budget came from the annual “Walk for Water” with over $260K raised from the 1971, 1972, 1973 walks. This was a hike through Rochester by people concerned with the environment getting sponsors for each mile hiked.
¨ Toxic metals in fish in the Great Lakes
¨ Radioactive releases from a nuclear fuel reprocessing plant
¨ The environs of nuclear power plants in the Northeastern United States
¨ Canandaigua Lake
¨ Sections of the Genesee River
¨ The New York State Barge Canal (from Newark to Brockport)
¨ The Thames River (Connecticut)
¨ Lead and Cadmium leachate from dinnerware
¨ Genesee River Dredging
¨ Swimming beach testing
¨ Oil Spills
¨ Fish Kills
¨ Air pollution
¨ Drinking water problems
¨ Raising food with water containing radioactive isotopes
Delta Laboratories had educational materials available for sale in the 70’s.
All proceeds went to Delta Laboratories and Monroe County Conservation Council:
¨ Study Report of New York Waterways – 1968
¨ Study Report of New York State Waters – 1970
¨ Water Pollution in the Empire State – a slide presentation
¨ What Every Woman Should Know and Do About Pollution
This curriculum was developed in 1984 with teachers from Rochester in order to
· Improve and protect water quality
· Raise the consciousness of youth to environmental issues
· Teach students that by working together they can improve the community for all
· Provide students with hands-on learning experience
The Water Detectives
Elementary Teacher’s Guide 203 pp. and Student Workbook 141 pp.
Ecological Exploration: Impacts of Technology
Middle School Teacher’s Guide 167 pp. and Student Workbook 151 pp.
High School Teacher’s Guide 254 pp. and Student Workbook 218 pp.
The laboratory equipment was sold to focus on an educational mission.
Delta Laboratories, Inc.’s mission became providing education, guidance, and resources for communities and individuals in order
to preserve and protect our environment.
Educating: Student education relating to the science of water quality, utilizing a local waterway to provide an inquiry-based,
hands-on learning experience and to build stewardship skills for their future.
Preserving: Community volunteer programs to enhance environmental health through involvement to local issues
regarding environmental health.
Testing: Areas of concern as special projects that are consistent with the mission of Delta Laboratories, Inc.
This update focused on our for elementary and middle school resources.
¨ Student workbooks and activities
¨ Teacher guides
¨ Kits for water testing to work with guides
Greater Rochester Earth Day CleanUP was scheduled and sponsored by Delta Laboratories, Inc. starting in 2004. Over 19,000 volunteers have helped our environment by removing garbage from the local environment and watersheds.
Individuals and families from the following towns participated:
· East Rochester
· Darien Center
In addition to our curriculum, educators from Delta Laboratories visiting schools in the Greater Rochester Area. Both public and private schools benefited from our targeted lessons that focused on the diverse urban, suburban, and rural needs of our community.
Greater Rochester Earth Day CleanUP this year lasts from March 22nd to May 22nd in order to better fit our slogan of
“It’s more than just one day!”
This year we are focusing on community clean-up events, especially Monroe County’s
Pick Up The Parks Event on May 23rd and Brighton’s Annual Clean Sweep on May 14th.
Delta Environmental continues its mission of reaching the community where they live. We are able to fulfill this goal with the help of our community partners.
· Water Education Collaboration
· Finger Lakes Institute
· GM Green
· Helmer Nature Center
· New York State Pollution Prevention Institute (NYSP2I)
· Monroe County Parks
· And many more!
To better fit our more educational mission, Delta Laboratories became