Thursday, September 23, 2010

Youth of Desert Hot Springs, California Care about their Groundwater

Students in Mrs. Williams’ class at Bubbling Wells Elementary School won first place, the Time Warner Cable Award, in the 2010 Palm Springs Unified School District’s DigiCom Challenge in the category of “Healthy Planet, Healthy People.” All students created short videos on the importance of groundwater to their home town of Desert Hot Springs, California and then created their entry to the DigiCom Challenge. A shortened version of their award winning video can be seen on YouTube at: Check it out – they did a great job!

Desert Hot Springs, California has been a Groundwater Guardian Community since 1995. A spring Mission Creek Preserve Field Trip sponsored by the Desert Hot Springs Groundwater Guardians, Mission Springs Water District (a Groundwater Guardian Affiliate), The Wildlands Conservancy, and Palm Springs Unified School District helped educate Mrs. Williams’ students about the source of their drinking water which inspired the Bubbling Wells Elementary School video. The Desert Hot Springs City Council also publicly recognized Mrs. Williams’ and her students as part of the city’s “Treasures of Desert Hot Springs” program.

Are the youth in your community involved in groundwater protection? Tell us about it here.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Groundwater in the news!

As we continue to work in communities across the state of Nebraska as part of our Let’s Keep It Clean program, we’ve had the great fortune of getting some great press coverage along the way.

Being a News-Editorial major, it’s great to see the work that the reporters have done to inform the public about our programs and protecting groundwater for future generations. The Crete News has featured us twice on its front page above the fold!

Freddie Makes a Splash at Summer Reading

Tuxedo Park Named a Green Site

It is part of our mission to inspire action! If just one person does something different in regards to groundwater by reading the article that is a definite benefit. But I firmly believe that there are many people out there that make changes to their lifestyle after reading articles either in the newspaper, in magazines or online. I am one of them!

So now you can do your part. You can email one of the above links to a friend, or maybe you can post it as a link to your facebook page or maybe tweet it. Media comes in many forms but getting to a wide range of people is the most important part.

It’s all about making even more people aware of our precious resource – groundwater.

-- Brian Reetz

Friday, September 10, 2010

Web of Life

"This we know: All things are connected. Whatever befalls the earth befalls the sons of the earth. Man did not weave the web of life; he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself.” (Excerpt from Native American Chief Seattle's Speech to President Franklin Pierce circa 1855.)

The Groundwater Foundation’s Groundwater Guardian Green Site program recognizes the stewards of environmental friendly practices towards our groundwater and our Earth. We need to enhance the “web of life” and not weaken it. Check out to learn about involving Groundwater Guardian Green Sites in your community.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Groundwater on the Gridiron

by Jennifer Wemhoff, The Groundwater Foundation

It’s football season once again, and fans all over the nation are getting ready for crisp autumn days, tailgates, fight songs, and touchdowns.

In honor of the upcoming season, let’s relate some football terms to groundwater and the work we do:

Pre-game warm up: The planning done by communities prior to implementing a wellhead protection plan or other groundwater protection effort.

Coaching: The leadership of community stakeholders to make groundwater protection and education a priority, and the education efforts to help people understand the value of groundwater.

Offense: Being proactive about groundwater protection and education, rather than waiting for a problem.

Defense: Putting protection measures in place to ensure our groundwater is protected from potential contamination threats.

Interception: When a protective measure does its job and prevents a contamination event from occurring.

Triple option: The numerous choices we have when it comes to protecting our groundwater.

First down: An important step in moving towards sustainable, clean groundwater for future generations.

Touchdown: The “aha” moment when someone understands how important groundwater is to their everyday lives and to the future.

Victory: A world with sustainable, clean groundwater where everyone understands how it impacts their life and acts responsibly and responsively on its behalf.

This season, we can all work towards Guarding Our Beneficial, Important Groundwater Resources Every Day!