Water is a shared resource, and individuals, citizen groups, and local communities can participate in a wide range of activities to help protect their drinking water sources. An educated and informed public is the community’s best means of ensuring a healthy water supply.

Central PA Source Water Alliance for Protection holding "Clean Water Days" at Black Moshannon State Park for students

From a fairly early age, we are taught that water is essential for life and that it plays a vital role in the proper functioning of the Earth’s ecosystems. We learn that pollution can seriously affect all living creatures and negatively impact the water we use for drinking, household needs, recreation, fishing, transportation, and commerce. Advances in wastewater treatment have removed the majority of direct “point source” problems—but some 40 percent of the Nation’s rivers, lakes, and estuaries are not clean enough to meet basic uses such as swimming and fishing. Today, the largest contributor to water quality problems is nonpoint source pollution, which results from disturbances that take place on the land. Mining and gas development, removal of forests, agricultural practices, commercial development, suburban sprawl, urban living: all these activities impact the health of our waterways. Polls conducted in Southeastern Pennsylvania show that while clean water is amongst local citizens’ biggest concerns, few recognize that degradation is largely the result of what we do on the land.

WREN developed the following video in partnership with GreenTreks Network to support educational efforts throughout Pennsylvania–and beyond. It’s a nice starting point for outreach, because it offers a nice, user-friendly look at the issues facing our Drinking Water Supplies, and some of the solutions suppliers are putting in place. We encourage everyone to take a look, embed it on their website, and share it around:
Is Your Drinking Water Protected? from GreenTreks Network –  Vimeo version or YouTube below.

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