Mon June 17, 2013
Earth Calendar for June 17th and June 18th
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!