Mon March 11, 2013
Earth Calendar for March 11th and March 12th
When rain falls, some of the water ends up in lakes and rivers, some is used by plants, some evaporates back into the atmosphere, and some seeps through the ground into aquifers – large, natural underground water storage areas.
This groundwater provides more than 40 percent of the U.S. population with drinking water. Not only does groundwater quench our thirst, but it is also important in protecting water quality and quantity in surface rivers and streams – during drier times, these waters are derived almost completely from groundwater supplies. In coastal areas, pumping too much water from aquifers can increase the amount of salt water entering groundwater supplies, sometimes making it undrinkable.
March 10TH through March 16th is National Groundwater Awareness Week. One of the easiest ways to protect groundwater supplies is to save water at home. Try these simple tips to save 30 gallons in one day:
If you shorten your shower by just two minutes, you will save 5 gallons of water. Turn water off between rinsing dishes, rather than running water continuously and save another 5 gallons. Water your lawn and garden in the early morning or evening hours, when the weather is cooler and water is less likely to evaporate and save around 20 gallons. More water saving tips at the website.
On our calendar:
Join Imago for a celebration of the arrival of the spring season. Participants will open their senses and hearts to the season by using traditions and rituals that have been practiced for hundreds of years. This is a fun way to connect to this exciting season of re-birth and activity. Afterwards, share food and drinks. More information at Imagoearth.org
March 23rd at 7:00 pm