Wed July 3, 2013
Earth Calendar for July 3rd and July 4th
We have all heard the saying "you don’t know what you have until it’s gone." Farmers who suffered through one of the worst droughts in U.S. history last year might think the saying refers to water.
If water is constantly being cleaned and recycled through the Earth’s water cycle, why do we need to conserve it? The answer is that people use up our planet’s fresh water faster than it can naturally be replenished. Even though it covers 70% of the globe, water is a scarce resource that can be locked away for thousands of years before evaporating into our atmosphere. And even then, it only stays in the atmosphere for several days before raining back down to Earth. So conceivably, the water we are drinking today may have evaporated from somewhere half-way around the world where it had been stuck for thousands of years.We can calculate our own water footprint to discover how much water we use and how much water is used to create the products we need every day. Then, use the WaterSense calculator to find out how much water, energy and money we can save by installing water-efficient fixtures in our homes. For further information, please visit the website.
On Our Calendar: Visit Chilo Lock 34 Park wetland to find out what lurks beneath the water while exploring the life of the amphibians and reptiles that call the wetland home. Become an honorary herpetologist by catching and identifying some of the smallest, but noisiest animals. Meet at the Visitor Center July 10th, 7:00 pm. For more information visit the website.