Monday, March 23, 2015

Anniversary Story: "Dedication, Adaptability, Innovation" by Susan Seacrest

Dedication, Adaptability, Innovation
by Susan Seacrest, Groundwater Foundation founder and President Emeritus

Three traditions come to mind as I reflect on the Groundwater Foundation’s 30 year history: dedication, adaptability, and innovation. 

Early on, with virtually no resources except the idea that citizens needed to learn more about the nature and value of groundwater, putting together everything was a challenge.  A wonderful young woman, Sandy Steele, volunteered typing services and even came to the hospital in 1986 so I could do some proof reading while holding the newborn Kelly Seacrest!

The dedicated Lori Davison volunteered her dining room for several years as a home for piles of documents and correspondence. Lori’s table and typewriter were indispensable as we developed early Foundation projects, including the literal cutting and pasting of the Foundation’s quarterly publication, The Aquifer. 

Lori’s dining room doubled as childcare center as her toddler and baby romped around with my toddler and baby while we tried to focus on the work at hand.  Happily, Lori continues to this day as the Foundation’s Data Manager.

Countless rounds of retyping gave way to an IPM Selectric with self correcting ribbon, followed by a DOS computer we never really understood very well. In the 1990s, email and Windows were begrudgingly adapted by this digitally and electronically challenged writer.

A salute is due to the amazing and talented Jane, Cindy, Jennifer, Doug and countless others who have brought smart phone apps, social media, and webinars to the Foundation’s growing audience.  Everyone associated with the Foundation as it rounds its 30th Anniversary deserve a salute for continuing the dedicated service, creative adaptations, and innovative programs that are hallmarks of the Groundwater Foundation’s history and future! 

30 Weeks Until the 2015 Groundwater Foundation National Conference and 30th Anniversary Celebration!

Support for 30th Anniversary outreach provided by Marshfield Utilities. 

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Something special is coming!

Starting next week, and once a week leading up to the 2015 Groundwater Foundation National Conference October 20-22, 2015, we'll be sharing a story in celebration of our 30th anniversary. 

The stories will be those of our partners, constituents, and our own memories. As we celebrate the past 30 years of groundwater protection and education, we'll look to the future - it's just the beginning!

Stay tuned to the Groundwater Blog, our website, Facebook, and Twitter to keep up with the stories and the celebration.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Fix a Leak Week

By Jessica Wheeler, The Groundwater Foundation

Did you know that a leaky faucet dripping one drip per second can waste more than 3,000 gallons a year?  That's a lot of water and money down the drain!  But don't worry, many leaks in the home can be taken care of with quick, easy fixes that will help keep your water bill down and conserve water.  Mark your calendars, March 16-20 is National Fix a Leak Week!

Here are a few quick tips for fixing leaks around your home:
  • Fix leaky faucets by replacing washers and gaskets
  • Use pipe tape and a wrench to fix a leaky showerhead
  • If you have a leaky toilet, check to see if the flapper needs replaced
  • If your garden hose is leaking at the spigot, replace the rubber hose washer

Check out the Environmental Protection Agency's website for more information on fixing leaks in your home!