By Cindy Etgen|
How much water will a watershed shed if a watershed sheds its wetlands?
What rumbles but is never hungry and crashes but never gets hurt?
What has a tough skin, can make a mountain of sugar disappear, can keep elephants cool, and can crack giant boulders?
What do these riddles have in common? Here are some clues:
Humans have many uses for water, including personal, residential, manufacturing, community and personal needs. The demand for water continues to increase - according to some experts water usage has tripled since 1950. As our population continues to grow, the demand for clean water will grow as well.
You have the power to start water conservation in your own home. Can you think of ways that you and your family can reduce the amount of water that you use? Here are just a few:
Each of us is a water droplet in the water cycle. Do your part to make your waterways cleaner, healthier and BETTER!
Project WET is a contemporary, hands-on water education program for educators and young people in grades K-12. Project WET addresses water from A to Z across all subject areas: The chemical and physical properties of water; water quality; surface water including ground-water, wetlands and watersheds; the social and cultural constructs of water; weather and much more.
Want to learn how bugs help us determine water quality? Healthy Water, Healthy People addresses human and animal health and water quality monitoring.
Are you an artist or a writer? Submit your work to the International River of Words Art and Poetry Contest and compete with others across the state and around the world.
These training programs and others are free of charge to formal and non-formal educators. Tell your teachers, your scout leader or your 4-H leader about them so you can learn more - and do more - about protecting this precious resource!
Aside from human beings, all of Maryland’s wonderful living resources - plants, fish, blue crabs and the many animals that live in and around the water - need clean water as well.
The overall health of the Chesapeake Bay is determined by the quality of its water. As good stewards of our natural resources, our goals for a cleaner, healthier environment must include improving water quality in Maryland.
Our everyday lives are touched by water in many ways that we may not even realize. Think about some of Maryland’s recent water-related events. The drought of 2002, Tropical Storm Isabel this fall, fog causing school delays, and those snow days we all look forward to. Amazing! These examples are illustrations of water in one of its three different forms - liquid, solid, or gas! Can you think of other examples of how water touches our lives?
Because we all need clean water to survive, everyone can and
should take a role in conserving water and preventing water pollution. If we
work together, we can improve water quality for people as well as animals, fish
and plants. And one great way to get involved is through the Maryland Department
of Natural Resources’ education programs that help teachers, students and adults
learn about water and water quality!
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