News about the health and beauty of the natural world that sustains us.
June is National Rivers Month! Did you know that the United States has over 3,660,000 miles of rivers? That's enough distance to circle the Earth 146 times! Freshwater rivers and streams provide drinking and irrigation water, wildlife habitat, recreational opportunities and more. Celebrate and protect rivers in your community with these tips:
- Protect water quality. Pollutants that are carried away from yards and streets with rain water - like fertilizers, pesticides, oil and pet waste - can go right into our rivers and streams, untreated. Taking simple steps at home, like checking the forecast before applying fertilizers and promptly cleaning up any spills, can go a long way in protecting water quality.
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(Sources: National Wild & Scenic Rivers, “River and Water Trivia”; Nature Conservancy. “Where Does Your Water Come From?”; 40 Gallon Challenge; EPA, “Act: In and Around Your Home”; EPA, “Monitoring and Assessing Water Quality.")