NATIONAL WATER QUALITY MONTH
Make an effort to keep your water sources clean. Using non-toxic house products, not dumping things other than water down storm drains, and not flushing medication down the toilet or sink are just a few things you can do to keep the water in your area clean. Post on social media using #WaterQualityMonth to encourage others to do so as well.
August is National Water Quality Month
National Water Quality Month reminds us to take a long, hard look at what your household and community are doing to protect sources of fresh water.
Water sustains all life. Entire ecosystems depend on it for their survival.
It has identified eutrophication, or the incidence of high-nutrient concentrations - phosphorus and nitrogen - as the most widespread water quality problem globally. The way people manage wastewater from cities, farms and industrial sites contributes to this phenomenon, which contributes to water pollution everywhere.
August is National Water Quality Month in the United States.
Emphasizing how interlinked water systems are, the Audobon Society points to the dangers of runoff from agriculture, forestry, construction and people's personal yards:
"Each individual household may not produce enough pollution to force a beach closing or cause a fish kill, but the combined output of all the homes in a community can be severe. And, consider that about half of the U.S. population lives within 50 miles of a coastline where runoff flows quickly to the ocean. This is why watershed protection — attention not only to the body of water but the area that drains into it — is important."
The Environmental Protection Agency, which reports that 40 percent of the nations waterways suffer water quality problems, has a detailed watershed database, which allows users to locate which watershed they live in and learn about how polluted it is and what actions they can take to protect their regional water quality.
Clean Water Action offers a succinct but thorough factsheet on what individuals and families can do to prevent water pollution from their homes, including: