Humans need water for drinking, cleaning, and gardening as well as recreation. Farms and industries need water for the production and processing of goods for the marketplace. Birds and other wildlife depend on adequate water supplies to nest, raise young, feed, and rest along their migratory paths. Droughts, excessive urban development, and water pollution threaten the quality and amount of water available to all entities.
In 1972 Congress passed the Clean Water Act which is the nation's primary law on water quality. The Act is credited with clean up of one third of our nations rivers and lakes. However, court decisions have cut back the types of waters protected under the Act, and threaten to limit protections for critical habitats across America. Guidance issued in 2007 by the Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers could lead to a 50% loss of waters historically protected under the Clean Water Act, including the fragile wetlands.
National Audubon is committed to protecting and updating the Clean Water Act. Staff and members are working with agencies such as Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers to help save our wetlands and valuable waters. Audubon also advocates for broad federal protection including litigation in the Supreme Court to protect the Everglades and Florida's wetlands from unlimited development. National Audubon has also joined forces with other organizations in the Clean Water Network.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Capture water in Rain Barrels and Cisterns -- and then use these for future watering needs. Keep covered to avoid attracting mosquitoes. Some schools and organizations have painted the outside of rain barrels and sold them to raise funds.
Create Naturescapes -- NatureScape Broward encourages its residents to create landscapes that help conserve water, reduce water pollution, and create inviting habitats for birds and other wildlife.
Slow Stormwater Runoff -- Create a water-friendly yard that helps clean water of pollutants before running off into storm drains. Analyze where water is not absorbed and target those for techniques to slow the flow. Minimize soil erosion by planting groundcovers. Use biodegradable straw or jute matting in bare areas to stabilize soil. Create mulch beds to reduce need for fertilizing, watering, mowing, and pesticide use. Plant a rain garden using moisture tolerant plants. Build berms and swales to direct water flow. Terrace a slope that is too steep for a berm or rain garden. Read more by clicking here.
Conserve Water --
Water lawns only when necessary
Choose landscapes suited to location
Use water-efficient toilets
Shower with low-flow showerheads
Use WaterSense approved faucets
Fix water leaks and dripping faucets
Run washing machines and dishwashers only when full
Don't leave water running when shaving, brushing teeth or washing dishes
Attend Water Matters Day
March 11, 2017
Tree Tops Park
Broward County has an Integrated Water Resource Plan for assuring that its population has adequate clean water for community life. That plan includes, as its main goals, making the most of local water resources, coordinating a diverse water management community, matching local water resources with users, and diversifying water supplies.
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