Earth Calendar for September 24th and 25th

Sep 24, 2012

Nutrient pollution, also known as nitrogen and phosphorus pollution, is one of the most pervasive and elusive forms of water degradation in the United States.  Within our borders, there are approximately 101,000 miles of nutrient-impaired rivers and streams – a distance great enough to encircle the globe… four times over!  These rivers and streams represent only a fraction of the more than 15,000 water bodies across the U.S. that are contaminated by nutrients.  When conditions are just right, nutrient pollution fuels overgrowths of algae and bacteria that can wreck ecosystems, close recreational areas, decrease property values and threaten public health.  Excess nutrients make their ways into our rivers and streams by seeping into our groundwater or catching a ride whenever it rains.  At home, nitrogen and phosphorus are found in our fertilizers, septic tanks, laundry detergents, yard waste and pet waste.  We can reduce our impact by learning how to manage septic tanks properly, learning the proper way to fertilize lawns or become a composter. Composting can reduce nutrient pollution and choose phosphate-free detergents.  The EPA provides a video than aims to build public awareness which is the first step in preventing and reducing nutrient pollution. 

On Our Calendar:  Cincinnati Contemporary Art Center presents Green Acres, Artists Farming Fields, Greenhouses and Abandoned Lots.The show builds on eco-conscious exhibitions the CAC has spearheaded in the past--including The American Lawn: Surface of Everyday LifeEcovention and Beyond Green--and puts into context the nearly 40 year phenomena of farming as art. Featuring a real working farm within the gallery, a farm stand in the museum lobby, sculptures used for farming, videos and other installations, Green Acres presents farming as art through a wide variety of approaches. Another key component to the exhibition will be the satellite projects throughout the community. Through January 20, 2013.