If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water. ~ LOREN EISELY, The Immense Journey, 1957
Water is one of the essential elements necessary for life on our planet; we all need it to survive. We drink it, cook with it, bathe in it; water nourishes our food as well as the life forms that make food production possible. In addition, water is a necessary component for energy and industry. The laptop I am typing on, the heater that regulates indoor temperatures, the electricity needed to power our electronics, the energy that fuels our vehicles – all of these activities require water.
Even though all of these statements are true, water is often taken for granted, especially in developed nations. Water always seems available, ready and willing for us to utilize for whatever reason we see fit. In the US, many of us (but not all), have the luxury of walking into our bathrooms, or kitchens, and turning on a spigot to have all of the running water we desire. We can control its flow, and its temperature. We can even go outside and have conveniently portable water. But even here in the US, do we really KNOW how clean our water is?
Because of these reasons, and more, this education initiative focuses its endeavors on water. Water connects each of us to everything – we all live downstream. Water knows no political boundaries, and has no compassion for ideologies, yet is the most powerful substance on the face of this earth. We are part of the growing web of people, organizations, and educational facilities that protect, maintain, and educate others about this precious resource.
Each and every one of us is part of the global water web. Join us by helping to be an advocate for your local watershed.