Earth Calendar for June 17th and June 18th

Jun 17, 2013

Kentucky is home to more than 49,000 miles of rivers. Freshwater rivers and streams sustain our communities by providing drinking and irrigation water, wildlife habitat, recreational opportunities and more.

 While it may seem like fresh water is an abundant resource – especially during times of heavy rainfall and flooding – the amount of fresh water available to us is smaller than you might think. If all the world’s water fit into a gallon jug, the fresh water available for us to use would equal only about one tablespoon. June is National Rivers Month, the perfect time to protect and enjoy our rivers. There are ways we can protect water quality at home. Pollutants that are carried away from yards and streets with rain water – like fertilizers, pesticides, oil and pet waste – can go right into our rivers and streams, untreated. Taking simple steps at home, like waiting for dry weather before applying fertilizer and always picking up after your pet, can go a long way in protecting water quality. The average American household wastes more than 10,000 gallons of water every year from easy-to-fix household leaks – that’s the amount of water it takes to wash 270 loads of laundry!


On Our Calendar: Not all Full Moons are created equal. Some are closer to the Earth than others and every 14 months we get a slightly larger Full Moon. These Supermoons make the Moon appear 14% bigger in the sky than the farthest, wimpiest moons. Meet at the Cincinnati Observatory to watch the Supermoon rise above the eastern horizon Saturday June 22nd, 8:00 pm and see if you can tell the difference. Supermoon 2013 includes tours of the two Observatory buildings and viewing through the historic telescopes of Venus and Saturn (weather permitting). There is a small fee for the program but reservations are not needed. For further information call 513-321-5186.