A part of commemoration of the World Water Day today, U.S. officials will be in the Municipalidad de la Unión today to lay the cornerstone on the Escuela del Agua y el Ambiente, an initiative by Julio Rojas Astorga, the local mayor.
La Unión calls itself the Cantón del Agua, and the idea is to create an educational facility along the Tiribi. The Fulbright Association of Costa Rica is contributing $25,000 to the effort. Attending today will be U.S. Ambassador Anne S. Andrew and various politicians.
The municipality also is creating what it calls the Ruta Ecoturistica del Agua in cooperation with the Instituto Costarricense de Turismo. This is a walking tour that seeks to show the importance of water. But it also includes historical points like the Tres Ríos train station. The canton is the location of a number of natural water sources that eventually join to be the Río Tiribi.
The water school is being developed in conjunction with the Universidad Estatal a Distancia.