Thursday, January 21, 2016

Recognizing Groundwater Guardians

By Jessica Wheeler, The Groundwater Foundation

The Groundwater Guardian program has been a staple of The Groundwater Foundation since 1994 and represents a network of communities and organizations acting locally to educate people and protect and conserve groundwater.  The program offers many benefits:
  • The program provides communities of all types (cities, counties, watersheds, schools, etc.) a framework for local action, providing structure and support for long-term action.
  • Earning Groundwater Guardian status sets your community apart - it draws positive attention to efforts to ensure a viable water supply.
  • Guardians have access to a variety of resources to help with local efforts, including a wealth of online tools.
  • Communities are recognized nationally and locally by The Groundwater Foundation for their efforts to educate the public and protect groundwater.

I am thrilled to honor the 72 Groundwater Guardian Communities and Affiliates that protected the groundwater of over 18 million people and earned designation for 2015!  This group represents 24 states and a wide variety of activities and approaches to groundwater protection.  From hosting groundwater festivals to holding cleanups of local waterways to participating in household hazardous waste collection and all the activities in between, these Guardians are dedicated to protecting our most precious resource.

Groundwater Guardians and Groundwater Guardian Green Sites recognized at The Groundwater Foundation's 2015 National Conference in Lincoln, Nebraska on October 21, 2015.

I am so excited to see what is in store for our Guardians, both new and old, in 2016.  Learn more and become a Groundwater Guardian today!

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