How Can We Celebrate Water Quality Month?
How important is water quality to our marine and freshwater ecosystems? Important enough that we dedicate a month to celebrate it!
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has designated August as National Water Quality Month. With the uninterrupted availability of clean drinking water in the U.S., we often fail to recognize how regular human activities impact our water quality. National Water Quality Month reminds us how our actions affect our waterways.
When we think about climate change, we are used to thinking about water quantity — drought, flooding, extreme rainfall and things along those lines. Climate change is just as tightly linked to issues related to water quality, and it’s not enough for the water to just be there, it has to be sustainable.” — Anna Michalak, professor of global ecology at the Carnegie Institution for Science in Stanford, California, in The New York Times.
Tips For Maintaining Clean Water
According to water advocate cleanwateraction.org, there are some simple ways you can help to maintain our water quality:
• Limit the use of antibacterial soap and cleaners
• Consider switching to non-toxic and natural health/beauty products
• Storm drains are for rainwater only
• Leaks and drips from cars contain harmful chemicals
• Avoid chemical pesticides and fertilizers
• Plant native, low maintenance plants and grasses
• Install a rain garden or rain barrel
• Read your local water quality report so you know what the water quality is in your area
Another option could be to gather a group of family, friends, and neighbors and volunteer to clean a local water source. It’s a great way to get everyone together and enjoy an outdoor day full of fun and contribute to enhancing the water quality in your area!