Thursday, April 23, 2009

Reactions to "Poisoned Waters"

Tuesday night (04/21/09) PBS’s Frontline presented “Poisoned Waters” - a news investigation on major polluting factors effecting all “life” surrounding and within the Chesapeake Bay on the east coast and Puget Sound on the northwest coast (WA). The viewpoint presented indicated the major watershed polluters to be industrial runoff, large agricultural farm runoff, and storm water runoff. The future vitality of these waters is questionable, the prediction somber …. as could be for the quality of our water resources across the continent. When will our screw ups not be able to be corrected and the environment restored?

One major point expressed on “Poisoned Waters” is worth specific mention: Public engagement is a must if we’re to be successful in our environmental stewardship.

The program can be viewed on-line at selecting Frontline and “Poisoned Waters”. Its well worth the time to view this program whether you agree with the source polluting factors, or not. What’s your reaction?

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

How will you celebrate Earth Day?

Earth Day is next week (April 22). Plan to celebrate by taking these simple steps to help care for our planet:

This little light of mine…
Replace incandescent light bulbs with energy efficient compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs. CFLs use 70-75% less energy than standard bulbs, and last for several years. You can also help save energy by turning off lights, computers, televisions, etc. when they are not in use. Visit for more information on the advantages of using CFLs.

Green it up!
Add some green to the planet by planting a tree. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that one acre of forest absorbs six tons of carbon dioxide and puts out four tons of oxygen, which is enough to meet the annual needs of 18 people. Learn more about the benefits of trees here: Or plant a rain garden and help filter out contaminants from roofs and driveways. See how a rain garden can add beauty to your home and help prevent pollution by visiting

Park the car
Leave the car at home! Carpool, take public transportation, walk, or ride your bike to work. Go to for information ways to go green in your daily commute.

Attend an Earth Day celebration
Check local newspapers, television and radio stations for event announcements, or visit to search for an event in your area.

Reduce, reuse, recycle
Try to go the entire day without throwing a single thing away (and don’t just postpone it until the next day). Use a reusable shopping bag for your grocery trip, use a tumbler instead of a disposable cup for your morning coffee, start a compost pile, and recycle plastic, aluminum, tin, steel, glass, paper, etc. Get more information about recycling here:

Get outside and play
Enjoy all that nature has to offer! Take a walk, have a picnic, play a game, go fishing, take a hike – just get outside and interact with nature! Make sure to leave only your footprints behind.

Save a drop
Conserve water around your home. Install water-saving devices such as faucet aerators or low flow showerheads, upgrade to a low-flow toilet and water efficient appliances, and use drought-tolerant plants in your landscaping. Check out these easy water conservation tips:, or find out more about EPA’s WaterSense program at

Clean green
Switch to natural cleaning products. Skip the harsh chemical cleaners and opt for plant-based, natural cleansers. Visit for a cleanser buying guide. Or make your own. Check out for an article about how to make your own cleaning products with simple ingredients like vinegar, lemon juice, and baking soda.

Tell a friend
Tell someone how they can help protect the planet! Share the tips above and get involved in local environmental protection efforts.

Support The Groundwater Foundation
Help support The Groundwater Foundation’s mission of educating the public to care about and for groundwater by:

How do you plan to celebrate Earth Day? What steps have you taken in your daily life to help protect the planet?

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Groundwater Foundation has Job Opening!

National nonprofit environmental organization seeks part-time program assistant. Will provide assistance to community and youth outreach programs. Must possess strong communication and organizational skills, knowledge of Microsoft Office, ability to perform multiple tasks, and reliable transportation. Prefer a degree in environmental studies or natural resources. Work schedule must remain flexible, occasional evenings or weekends. Send resume to: Program Assistant, P O Box 22558, Lincoln, NE 68542 or to

Spring Is Here!

Robins are once again out hopping across lawns, the green tips of tulip leaves have pushed through the thawed earth, and gardens and fields are being prepped for planting. In Nebraska these are signs of spring.

At The Groundwater Foundation (TGF) a full calendar of events and outreach opportunities is our sign spring has arrived. Every spring far more invitations to share our message and teach others about groundwater are presented to us then we can accept. It is great so many opportunities are available for youth and adults to learn more about nature, natural resources, and build an appreciation for our Earth.

This year TGF will be participating in the following events:

  • Earth Wellness Festival, Lincoln, NE, March 30th and 31st
  • High School Career Fair, Lincoln, NE – Be a Hydrogeologist for a Day, April 7th
  • National Environmental Education Week – Be Water Wise in School: Science that Impacts Your Campus, April 12th – 18th. For more information visit, and
  • Science Olympiad Nebraska State Tournament, Lincoln, NE, April 18th
  • Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Expo, Platte River State Park, April 22nd and 23rd
  • Gifford Farm’s Nature Day, Bellevue, NE, April 25th. Learn more about this public event at
  • Family Nature Night, Lincoln, NE, April 30th
  • Nebraska Children’s Groundwater Festival, Grand Island, NE, May 12th
  • Adventure’s in H2O! Bright Lights Camp, Lincoln, NE, June 15th – 19th. Learn more about this camp and how to register at

What are you planning to do to this spring to celebrate nature, water, and our Earth? Are there special events planned for your community? Remember Earth Day is April 22nd and National Arbor Day in on April 24th.

Happy spring to all!