Drops of Refreshing News About Water Quality

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With the current plight of Iowa’s water quality bill, one might be awash with a murky outlook on water quality. Couple that with news about lead in some Baltimore homes, and it’s even more easy to be soaked in fear and frustrations.

However, it would be a shame if the bad will drown the good. It’s like forgetting to appreciate the rain just because of the dark clouds that comes with it. And so for this post, I decided to feature the lighter side of water, the good news so to speak.

The River is Your Classroom

What’s refreshing about this news is that it highlights a simple but important concept – that water quality is everybody’s business, and that citizens can get involved.

With the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Earth Conservation Corps (ECC) just recently conducted the activity called “Protecting the Anacostia Watershed – A Workshop on Water Quality Standards.” It’s a hands-on experience on water sampling and analysis, and it was offered to more than 75 citizen scientists and students. It also included other activities such as identifying aquatic macroinvertebrates and experiencing the FieldScope GIS of the National Geographic.

News about the workshop was shared by Ibrahim Goodwin, an Environmental Scientist who has worked in the Office of Water since 1987. Goodwin have been instrumental in producing professional environmentalists through the Water Quality Standards Academy, and is now working on engaging citizen scientists.

Go With The Flow of Water

Next, we take a look at the scenes behind Ashville’s recent Water Quality Report. What’s refreshing about this news is that it shows that a good thing can happen when man is in tune with nature.

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The Water Quality Report is federally-mandated and is intended to inform people about the contents of their drinking water. This year, Ashville’s report shows that the EPA’s standards were surpassed with flying colors by the city’s water supply. Much of the credit is attributed to the water source, which can be found on the Black Mountain in the Buncombe County. There, water flows down from pure springs and into the Bee Tree and North Fork lakes, which are in turn surrounded by closely guarded mountain forests.

What’s remarkable is how in sync Asheville is with such water source. As if it not already great, the water’s quality is further enhanced via advanced water treatment plants. Also, Asheville was the first North Carolina water utility to begin using lead-free brass fitting. This is notable, specially in the context of the recent Flint, Michigan water problems.

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