Today is World Water Day, and all over Care2 we’re featuring important information and actions that can make a difference in conserving our dwindling fresh water sources.
One of the best ways to protect water quality is maintaining the health of the watershed in which it exists.
According to WatershedAtlas.org, “A watershed is a basin-like landform defined by highpoints and ridgelines that descend into lower elevations and stream valleys. A watershed carries water that is “shed” from the land after rain falls and snow melts, and channels it into creeks, rivers, lakes, and eventually, the sea.
On the Nature Conservancy blog, freshwater scientist Jeff Opperman writes:
“To address [the water] crisis, governments, multilateral development agencies and foundations will invest significant funds in engineered solutions — dams, reservoirs, pipes, pumps and more — to provide clean water. While these solutions are both urgent and important, efforts to address this crisis cannot ignore or imperil natural ecosystems in the process.
“What I’m getting at here is that natural systems provide immense direct benefits to people — and, during development of new water infrastructure like dams, wells and treatment plants, we need to carefully maintain the health of that connection.”
To illustrate this point, Jeff and his eight-year-old son Luca created a homemade science project that demonstrates the connection between healthy natural lands and a reliable supply of clean water for people.
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