Staying informed

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PUTTING INFORMATION TO WORK

Staying well informed about water is critical to protecting it:

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  • What are the threats to water and how do they affect you?
  • How do land use, air pollution, and regulatory changes affect water?
  • How do political, economic and regulatory decisions affect water?
  • What are the sources of water contamination?
  • What are the questions you should be asking about local water resources, their condition and protection?

Find more detailed information, resources and references by specific topic in Connecting the Drops.

images-4News Media 

Often current stories that deal with environmental issues and problems are not easy to find in  media reports. But you can find these stories in a variety of online sources (several examples are shown below) and in newsletters produced by national organizations concerned with water resource protection.


For more information…

streamwaterThe following sample of selected references is just a start; many more are available to provide you with the information you need.

  • Alley, William, T. Reilly, and O. Franke. Sustainability of Ground-Water Resources. US Geological Survey Circular 1186. Reston,VA: Government Printing Office, 1999. http://pubs.usgs.gov/circ/circ1186/html/gen_facts.html.
  • Cappiella, Karen, and L. Fraley-McNeal. The Importance of Protecting Vulnerable Streams and Wetlands at the Local Level. Ellicott City, MD: Center for Watershed Protection, 2007.
  • Ernst, C., R. Gullick, and K. Nixon. “Protecting the Source: Conserving Forests to Protect Water.” Opflow 30 (2004).
  • Fagin, Dan. Tom’s River. New York, NY: Bantam Books, 2013.
  • Klein, Naomi. This Changes Everything. New York, NY: Simon and Schuster, 2014.
  • Kwon, Hye, Rebecca Winer, and Thomas Schueler. “Eight Tools of Watershed Protection in Developing Areas.” Watershed Academy Web, US Environmental Pro
    tection Agency. http://cfpub.epa.gov/watertrain/pdf/modules/new_eighttools.pdf.
  • Millennium Ecosystem Assessment Board. Living beyond Our Means: Natural Assets and Human Well-Being. United Nations Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, 2005. http://www.maweb.org/en/BoardStatement.aspx.
  • Schueler, Thomas. “Urban Pesticides: From the Lawn to the Stream.” Watershed Protection Techniques 2 (1995): 247–5feature17 copy

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