Tuesday, March 26, 2013

How Did You Celebrate World Water Day?

By Jane Griffin, Groundwater Foundation President

Last Friday (March 22) was World Water Day.  In honor of the day lots of great activities happened, interesting articles were written, tweets twittered, posts were posted, pictures and thoughts were pinned...
Check out this great article full of information about the day and thoughts regarding it.
Let’s remember the important points and reflections made in the article – and let’s make every day a day in which we honor, respect, conserve and protect water!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Go Green on St. Patrick's Day and Everyday!

Lori Davison, The Groundwater Foundation 

On March 17, people around the world will be celebrating the Irish holiday—St. Patrick’s Day.  This holiday originated in the early 17th century and includes wearing green and participating in parades and festivals.
Many traditions have been started across the United States over the years.  One of these is Chicago’s annual dyeing of the Chicago River green.  The practice started in 1962, when city pollution-control workers used dyes to trace illegal sewage discharges and realized that the green dye might provide a unique way to celebrate the holiday.  That year, they released 100 pounds of green vegetable dye into the river—enough to keep it green for a week!  Today, in order to minimize environmental damage, only 40 pounds of dye are used, and the river turns green for several hours.

The Groundwater Foundation is also into “green”.  Each year it recognizes properly managed turf sites for their groundwater stewardship through its Groundwater Guardian Green Sites program. The program encourages managers of green spaces (golf courses, ball fields, education campuses, parks, etc.) to implement, measure, and document their groundwater-friendly practices related to chemical use, water use, pollution prevention, water quality, and environmental stewardship.  You can check out how you can become involved in groundwater protection on the Groundwater Foundation website www.groundwater.org.

On March 17 put on your green and become an active participant in protecting groundwater!




















Friday, March 8, 2013

One Person Can Make A Difference!

By Cindy Kreifels, The Groundwater Foundation

President John F. Kennedy once said “One person can make a difference, and everyone should try.”  Now is the time for each of us to try, to make a difference! 

Next week is National Groundwater Awareness Week!  Let’s get going.  Let’s help others to understand groundwater’s importance.  Let’s ask them to change their behaviors to protect groundwater for future generations.  We need to start now, we need to try, we need to make a difference!

What will you do? How will you make a difference?

Need some ideas?  Check these out:

·         Green Home Tips

·         Green Landscape Tips

·         Get Your Community Involved

 National GroundwaterAwareness Week is brought to you by the National Ground Water Association.