Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Making Groundwater Education Go Viral

#GivingTuesday is one week away! Help us make groundwater education go viral by sharing the graphic below on your favorite social media.

And don't forget to share an educational fact with your post.
Here are some ideas:
  • Reduce the need for excessive watering and chemical use by planting native plants in your yard
  • Properly dispose of potentially toxic substances like unused chemicals, pharmaceuticals, paint, motor oil, and other substances
  • Shut off the water when you brush your teeth or shave
  • Check all the faucets, fixtures, toilets, and taps in your home for leaks and fix them right away
  • Limit yourself to just a five minute shower and challenge your family members to do the same
  • Make sure to only run full loads in the dish and clothes washer
  • Water the lawn and plants during the coolest parts of the day and only when they truly need it
  • Reduce the amount of "stuff" you use and reuse what you can
  • Use all natural/nontoxic household cleaners whenever possible

Remember, all funds raised on December 2nd will go toward our youth education programs! Together we can keep it clean!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Give Thanks...

by Lori Davison, The Groundwater Foundation

As we are fast approaching the Thanksgiving holiday, what comes to mind are the usual things we associate the holiday with -- family, giving thanks, comfort food, parades, and of course football!

At our house, Thanksgiving Day mainly revolves around preparing the meal—sometimes it’s fun to try new recipes, but most of us continue to fix the simple, traditional Thanksgiving dishes. This also is true in the world of groundwater protection. The recipe for groundwater protection consists of very simple, but very important ingredients. Here are some of the main ingredients for conserving and protecting groundwater:
  • Conserve water throughout your home. Limit showers to five minutes or less, shut off thewater while brushing your teeth, run only full loads of dishes or laundry, fix leaky faucets.
  • Properly dispose of chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and other hazardous substances. Take chemicals and other hazardous substances to a household hazardous waste event or collection center, find a local pharmacy or drug take back event to dispose of pharmaceuticals, or check with your local health or water department for guidelines.
  • Get your workplace, school, neighborhood association, or other organization involved in educating people and protecting groundwater.

The staff at the Groundwater Foundation would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and share some of the things that they are thankful for:
  • the health and wellbeing of my family and friends
  • wonderful family, our home, and health
  • amazing people I get to work with
  • new office space and being able to help make a difference and protect water
  • ability to turn the tap on and not worry about the safety of the water
  • our supporters and partners over the past 30 years!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

A Drop or Two Can Add Up to be a Problem

By Cindy Kreifels, The Groundwater Foundation

For years we at The Groundwater Foundation have been saying it’s all about the collective effort when we talk about the changes each of us can make to help protect groundwater.  Well now a recent article based on research (http://www.baltimoresun.com/health/bs-hs-gasoline-drips-20141031-story.html) from John Hopkins Bloomberg School of  Public Health is noting that it may be the small pollutants from each of us, that when added together, create an issue of great concern. 

Yes, that drop or two of gasoline that dribbles to the pavement when you fill your car with gas can add up to be a lot of gasoline when added to the drops from each person who fills their car.  According to the study, over the course of a decade roughly 1,500 liters of gas are spilled at the typical gas station.  While it takes time for the dribbles to add up what we need to remember is that these dribbles are either being washed away quite possibly to the nearest waterway or they are soaking into the ground and potentially reaching groundwater. 

This is just one example of where each of our little pieces of the pie – whether it be the drops of gasoline we inadvertently let fall to the ground or the extra five minutes we spend in the shower – they add up and can be a problem.  We all have a responsibility to protect our water resources.  And just as our indulgences add up to cause the problem, our little acts of protection will also add up to help protect the water we all rely on for life. 

What will you do today to make a difference?