March- let’s think about water…
March 14 is the International Day of Action for Rivers and Against Dams. Every year, thousands of people around the world lift their voices to celebrate the world’s rivers and those who struggle to protect them. The International Day of Action for Rivers is a day to celebrate victories such as dam removal and river restoration. It is a day to take to the streets, demonstrate and demand improvements in the policies and practices of decision makers. It is a day to educate one another about the threats facing our rivers, and learn about better water and energy solutions. Above all, it is a day to unite – by acting together, we demonstrate that these issues are not merely local, but global in scope. (Cut from source; http://www.internationalrivers.org/international-day-of-action-for-rivers )
Water Day is marked on March 22nd every year. It’s a day to celebrate water. It’s a day to make a difference for the members of the global population who suffer from water related issues. It’s a day to prepare for how we manage water in the future.
In 1993, the United Nations General Assembly designated March 22 as the first World Water Day. World Water Day is celebrated around the world shining the spotlight on a different issue every year.
In 2015, the theme for World Water Day is ‘Water and Sustainable Development’. It’s about how water links to all areas we need to consider to create the future we want. (Cut from source; http://www.unwater.org/worldwaterday/about/en )
Why am I sharing this with you?
Please look forward to a month of wet challenges inspired by Action for Rivers and World Water Day.
To get started- Think about RIVERS and Streams …
What’s your watershed?
Dorothy Gale spoke the truth in The Wizard of Oz when she said, “There’s no place like home.” We’ll start our month’s water adventures sticking close to home. Share a photo of a river or stream in your watershed, along with some of your thoughts or impressions about your watershed.
What is a watershed? This information was cut from The International Rivers website:
- Land and water are ecologically linked in a natural system called a catchment, drainage basin, or watershed. From the smallest droplet to the mightiest river, water works to shape the land, taking with it sediment and dissolved materials that drain to watercourses and, in most cases, eventually to the sea. So, too, is the river a product of the land it inhabits – the type of rock and soil, the shape of the land, the amount of rainfall and type of vegetation are some of the factors that determine the river’s shape, size and flow.
- We all belong to a watershed (literally, an area of land that catches all the rain and directs it to a stream, river or lake). A watershed also includes all the humans, plants and animals who live in it, and all the things we have added to it such as buildings and roads. Everything we do affects our watershed – from washing clothes and growing food to mining, commercial farming, and building roads or dams. The reverse is also true: our watershed affects everything we do, by determining what kinds of plants we can grow, the number and kinds of animals that live there, and how many people and livestock can be sustainably supported by the land.
Not sure about your watershed?
Perhaps this link will help. Check out Waterkeeper Alliance to find major watershed groups.
UNLESS…Earth-friendly month of March challenges will build on this week’s challenge!
I’m looking forward to seeing an interesting variety of photos as we share a look at the watershed rivers/ streams near our homes, and tell a little bit about them.
My Watershed: Tualatin River (McKay Creek Tributary)
My watershed is unique in an urbanized area. It is a zone of moderate quality wetlands. This portion of the watershed is seasonally flooded, and provides habitat for many species of animals and plants… including native and invasive varieties.
Your Watersheds: Check these out
Australia- An Evolving Scientist: Lane Cove River storm-water project
California- Lola Jane’s World: The Salinas River Watershed
Virginia- Woodland Gnome: Chickahominy River Watershed