Celebrating World Water Day at Home

Today, Friday March 22, is World Water Day.

Most of us have heard quotes like “the next war will be fought over water” (generally attributed to various U.N. diplomats).  And, on the other side of the water quotation spectrum, there is the oft-repeated but unsubstantiated quote by comedian W.C. Fields, who supposedly said “Water, I never touch the stuff,” followed by an explanation involving fish and reproductive strategies.

If you can't make it to a water hole in the Veldt, you can still celebrate WWD at home.
If you can’t make it to a water hole in the African veldt, you can still celebrate WWD at home.

Here at CLEAR, we know our limits and would not presume to opine on global water issues.  However, protection of water resources is one of our main reasons for being. So, if you feel like celebrating WWD in a more local fashion, may we suggest these Center destinations?

  1. Visit our Rain Garden website and learn about how you can help to reduce runoff problems while beautifying your grounds.
  2. Download our Rain Garden App and start planning your rain garden (rumor has it that spring will, eventually, arrive).
  3. Visit the National NEMO Network’s  Low Impact Development Atlas and cruise virtually around the country learning about in-the-ground “LID” practices being applied to help reduce the impacts of runoff on water quantity and quality.
  4. Learn about all the cool LID practices on UConn’s main campus to respond to a first-of-its-kind-in-the-nation water protection regulation. (Do NOT let the arcane nomenclature of “Impervious Cover TMDL” put you off.  In fact, you can use this later to impress and amaze your friends!)
  5. Sit back, relax and let Dave and Mike take you on “LID in Connecticut: A Virtual Tour.”

Or better yet: get the kayak out for an early paddle.