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FOREST PRACTICES BOARD TAKES IMPORTANT STEPS TO PROTECT CLEAN WATER AND PUBLIC SAFETY Board Also Gets Dnr Update On Timber Harvest Compliance Action Plan OLYMPIA – The state’s Forest Practices Board approved a rule today aimed at improving protections for water quality and public safety in several watersheds where timber harvesting and other forest practices occur. “Today the board took positive steps as a result of the lessons learned from the extraordinary rain event in the Chehalis River basin in 2007,” said Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark. “This gives more substance to DNR’s monitoring and enforcement of watershed protections and its recommendations for additional steps to protect public safety, property and clean water.”
Laird Hamilton who works with the Surfrider Foundation in an article from AMARA HOLSTEIN on Good News says:
“A true understanding and compassion for the fragility of ocean life is the issue I feel is most crucial to any conversation about the ocean. On a micro level, individuals should feel a sense of both responsibility and empowerment to doing all the little things that matter to the coastline—pick up trash, stop littering, recycle—scores of small contributions can quickly lead to large scale change. On a macro level, it is important that we hold corporations and politicians accountable to understanding the needs of our ecosystem—they represent us, and we are all dependent on that ecosystem—we posses the power and capability to prevent its destruction”
This is an interesting article about a study on how bio-diversity helps remove toxins in water. Cardinale’s study, which appears in the April 7 issue of Nature, was funded by the National Science Foundation.
The cleansing power of biodiversity
Scientists have long known that ecosystems that have more plant species tend to have a greater capacity to remove pollutants from soil and water than do ecosystems that have fewer species. But, until now, no one knew how or why this is so.
Cardinale’s study helps solve this mystery by explaining how biodiversity promotes the self-cleaning power of streams. According to the study, as algae grow in streams and produce more biomass, they incorporate into their bodies some common forms of pollution and thereby remove it from the water. Each species of pollution-removing algae has evolved and adapted to a different set of conditions, and so occupies a unique mini habitat, or niche, within a water body. Therefore, as the number of species of pollution-removing algae increases in a stream, so too does the number of unique niches that are occupied, filtered and cleansed by them. Hence: the more algae species a stream has, the more total pollutants these organisms may remove from the water.
Change Begins with a Drop.
Since 1993, International World Water Day has been
held annually on March 22nd by the United Nations
as a means of focusing attention on the importance
of fresh water and advocating for the sustainable
management of fresh water resources.
Of course, personally, we can all adopt small
changes in behavior, to help make a big difference
this World Water Day (and everyday). Siemens is
also committed to creating the technologies to
help communities and industries make big changes
in how they consume, manage and recycle fresh
water, to make a real and lasting impact on water
conservation and accessibility across the globe.
Things you should know about the world’s fresh
water supply – our most precious natural resource:
n Up to three quarters of the Earth’s surface
is covered with water but less than 0.03% is
n Producing 35 cubic feet (1 cubic meter) of
drinkable water through desalination reverse
osmosis (the process of forcing salty water
through a membrane to remove the salt) requires
about 2 kWh of electricity. Although that’s down
from 5 to 10 kWh 20 years ago, it is still energy
n Urbanization and demographic changes pose
serious challenges to secure water supplies for
future generations, as humans use more and
more water each year.
n Today, 1.2 billion people are without clean
drinking water and 2.4 billion people are not
connected to wastewater systems.
n The United Nations estimates more than 3 billion
people may suffer from water shortages by the
n As population grows, the demand on our
water resources is challenged to keep up.
n More than a billion people in water poor
regions around the globe survive on
the same amount used to flush a toilet
or take a 5-minute shower, just over 1
gallon (5 liters) of water each day.
n Each day almost 10,000 children under
the age of 5 in Third World countries die
as a result of illnesses contracted by use
of impure water.
n Even though each person only requires
about 13 gallons (48 liters) of water on
a daily basis, individuals in the United
States use an average of 132 gallons (500
liters), those in Canada an average of 79
gallons (300 liters) and those in England
an average of 52 gallons (200 liters).
n To manufacture new cars 39,000 gallons
(148,000 liters) of water are used per car.
n A 60-Watt incandescent bulb can
consume up to 6,000 gallons (22,710
liters) of water a year.
n Water and energy are critical, mutually
dependent resources – the production
of energy requires large volumes of
water and water treatment requires large
amounts of energy.
© 2011 Siemens Water Technologies Corp
Take some time to celebrate water!