Friday, December 12, 2014

A Call to Action

by Jennifer Wemhoff, The Groundwater Foundation

As a nation, we face a host of water quality and quantity challenges that are both pressing and ongoing. Persistent threats and challenges, and disastrous chemical spills highlight the importance of safe drinking water to public health and local economies. The public and private costs of inaction can be extensive. Together, we must consider lessons learned over the past decade and apply newly available resources to prioritize threats and protect drinking water sources, both surface and groundwater. Additional action by federal, state, and local partners can and must be taken to effectively protect drinking water sources.
As a member of the national Source Water Collaborative (SWC), The Groundwater Foundation shares the group's vision - all drinking water sources are adequately protected. As such, we are happy to share in its "Call to Action: A Recommitment to Assessing and Protecting Sources of Drinking Water."
This call to action stresses the fact that source water protection ultimately takes place at the local level and, those on the front lines of drinking water protection – drinking water utilities and local governments, supported by state, federal, and community-sponsored programs – have unique opportunities to defend drinking water. Federal agencies can provide tools and data, and leverage programs and authorities to protect drinking water sources. Other source water partners, including SWC members and their constituents, also play vital roles. All SWC members and other stakeholders can seize opportunities to establish, participate in or support state and local collaboratives to protect drinking water sources. Defending drinking water is truly a shared responsibility among all concerned stakeholders!
How can YOU take action to protect our nation's source waters?

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Climate Change

by Jane Griffin, The Groundwater Foundation

Thank goodness we can finally stop debating if climate change is due to human action and get to the important topic: what we need to do about it.

Recently, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln issued a report titled Understanding and Assessing Climate Change: Implications for Nebraska.  While the report is focused on implications for Nebraska it is clear that all regions of the world will be impacted, whether with similar or differing results of climate change.

Take a look at the report: it’s available here:

Since it is almost time to make those New Year resolutions – why not include some adaptations to your behavior that will help to reverse the path we are headed.  We always are cheering for many happy returns – why don’t we ensure our earth has the same?

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!