National Water Quality Month
Did you know that August is National Water Quality Month. August is the month when many people enjoy the last of their summer water-related activities. These bodies of water are being threatened by rising water pollution. Although the 1972 Clean Water Act was passed, most people don’t realize how little they can pollute water. Water is vital for all living things and ecosystems rely on it to survive.
National Water Quality Month reminds everyone to look closely at what you and your community are doing to preserve fresh water sources.
2005-2015 has been declared an International Decade for Action on Water Quality. This is to highlight the importance of water quality in relation to sanitation, human rights and urbanization. The Audobon Society emphasizes the interconnectedness of water systems and points out the dangers of runoff from agriculture forestry construction and human yards. “Each household may not cause enough pollution to close a beach or kill fish, but the cumulative effect of all homes in a neighborhood can be very serious. Consider that half of the U.S.’s population lives within 50-miles of an oceanfront where runoff is swiftly flowing to the sea.
Watershed protection is crucial. It involves paying attention to both the water body and the area that drains into the water.
Although each household might not cause enough pollution to close a beach or kill fish, the cumulative effect of all homes in a neighborhood can be devastating. Consider that approximately half of the U.S. populace lives within 50 miles from a coastline where runoff quickly flows to the ocean. Watershed protection is crucial. It involves paying attention to both the water body and the area that drains into it.
What can families and individuals do to reduce water pollution in their homes, especially during National Water Quality Month. Here are some things you can do at your home to help.
You could also gather your family, friends and neighbors to help clean up the local water source. A picnic and beer could be provided for those who are not able to bring their own food. The winner would receive a prize.
It’s a great way for everyone to come together and have a fun day outdoors.