August is National Water Quality Month, a time to focus on what we can do to improve the quality of our rivers, streams and lakes. Healthy waterbodies contribute to healthy communities, support diverse wildlife, and provide recreation opportunities and stimulate economic development.
5 Ways CRWA is Marking National Water Quality Month
CRWA works hard year round to protect and improve water quality in the Charles River. Below, are 5 actives we are engaging in this month to measure and improve water quality. So far this August, we have:
1. Tested for evidence of cyanobacteria blooms and educated the public about the associated safety risks.
2. Trained 13 young women from the Science Club for Girls on techniques to sample for benthic macroinvertebrates.
3. Spoke up for the federal Clean Water Act and its protections for our rivers.
4. Collaborated on Blue Cities demonstration projects including design and construction of green streets in Watertown and Allston.
5. Advocated for recharge of groundwater as part of the proposed Exelon power plant in Medway.
Learn more about CRWA's projects protecting water quality in the Charles River.
5 Ways for You to Take Action
We encourage you to take action for National Water Quality Month too. Here are 5 things you can do to help monitor and improve water quality this August and beyond.
1. Use the BloomWatch app to easily report cyanobacteria blooms when you spot them.
2. Help CRWA identify benthic macroinvertebrates collected from streams and rivers to help determine water quality.
3. Keep pollution out of stormwater by picking up after your dog, washing your car at a car wash and avoiding using fertilizer that contain phosphorous.
4. Reduce polluted stormwater from your property with rain barrels, rain gardens and other management techniques.
5. Let the U.S. EPA know that you care about the federal Clean Water Act and do not want to see it weakened. The EPA proposes to repeal the Clean Water Rule that clarified protections for headwaters, seasonal streams and wetlands. The public has until August 28th to submit comments.
Let us know how you are celebrating on Twitter or Facebook with #NationalWaterQualityMonth.