City’s superhero fights for clean lakes and streams
School children in Pontiac, Mich., are being introduced this year to Otto the River Otter, a new comic book hero and computer game character who keeps rivers, lakes and streams clean by preventing watershed pollution. Created by the city and Detroit-based NTH Consultants, Otto and three polluting monsters are the main characters in an environmental educational program called “Otto’s Great Watershed Rescue” aimed at first through eighth graders in the city. Funded by a grant from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment (MDNRE), the program is designed to educate school children on common sources of watershed pollution and how environmentally friendly behaviors at home can improve water quality. The computer game is available at www.pontiac.mi.us/info/watershedgame.html.