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Show concern for watersheds across the area

Published: Monday, April 29, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT

Our drinking water depends on a watershed. The cycle of water flowing through a watershed to a body of water or groundwater helps recycle water every day. Just think, a water molecule you drank today could also have been used by a dinosaur. 

Some of the natural elements found in watersheds (like wetlands) also work to provide us clean water by filtering out pollutants. Healthy watersheds and clean water are vital to a healthy you.

Join members of your community when there is a roadside, stream or river clean-up day. Each citizen can take responsibility for keeping our water bodies and our roadways clean.

Water is a natural resource we all need every day. Less than 1 percent of the water on earth is fresh, useable water for our daily needs. Check with the Whiteside County Soil and Water Conservation District to become involved with a local watershed group.

There are easy steps we can take to protect the water in our community.

Using a broom instead of a water hose when cleaning your driveway will save water and help prevent pollutants from washing into storm drains.

Storm drains in many cities and towns include a marker that says “No dumping – drains to stream or lake.” This is because leaves and grass clippings dumped into storm drains or a nearby body of water will decompose and take oxygen out of the water for fish and other creatures.

If you have a pet, it’s important to pick up pet waste so it isn’t washed into nearby bodies of water. For more tips, visit www.watershed.illinois.edu.

Celebrate National Soil and Water Stewardship Week – “Where does your water shed?” – April 28 through May 5. This year marks the 58th year of the National Association of Conservation Districts National Stewardship Week. Contact Whiteside County Soil and Water Conservation District or visit www.nacdnet.org/education for more information.

Note to readers – Tara Blakeman is the administrative coordinator for Whiteside County Soil and Water Conservation District.

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