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mbela3541



Registered: October 2019
City/Town/Province: Boise
Posts: 1
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During this summer of 2019, I had the pleasure and privilege of working with the local Boise Watershed to educate the public on the importance and necessity of a clean water program in our community and how our system effects people worldwide. We invited families and individuals from all over the Treasure Valley to come and learn how to maintain our precious water supply where ever they wander. We explained and showed examples of what water conservation techniques can be used at home and the importance of educating the children on these techniques, especially as they grow up in a desert area. Examples we provided for the children that adults could also participate in included the small, yet effective, actions of turning of the water when brushing their teeth and taking shorter showers. For adults, we explained the effects of reducing unnecessary water usage in the home. We explained that not only will this reduce the water bill, it will also impact their children’s future and health. We encouraged finding low wind times to water their lawn to reduce water waste, turning off their sprinklers during the sporadic desert rains, and withholding from washing their driveways to free them of dirt and motor oil with water from the hose. To connect all of these actions to how it effects other sections of their lives, we demonstrated how many summer fun activities are fueled by our never ceasing watershed. As they use the water, float down the Boise River, and go boating up at Lucky Peak, the water composition is constantly being changed. If they wash the oil from the driveway down into the drains, add fertilizer to their lawn before watering, or neglect to clean up their dog’s manure, it is then washed into the storm drains that flow directly into the Boise River where they just swam, where it eventually makes its way to the ocean where other life is effected by bio-accumulation. This is encouragement to watch the leeching processes of excess nutrients and contaminants that they may contribute to, therefore making the community aware of how some mindless activities may contribute to a larger issue unintentionally. This summer at the Boise Watershed taught me personally how community awareness of an underlying issue is key to reducing water pollution not only in our hometowns, but worldwide as well. One small action that you contribute to may build up with others’ activities, and then a snowball effect begins. In order to cease the snowball effect, education on the effect is mandatory. Starting with informing the community and how their actions effect other things locally and worldwide encourages a community to bond together to change their habits to preserve and nurture the world for future generations.
· Date: October 19, 2019 · Views: 185 · File size: 17.3kb, 1622.8kb · : 3024 x 4032 ·
Hours Volunteered: 400
Volunteers: 8
Authors Age & Age Range of Volunteers: I am 17 years old and the age range for volunteers was 16-19 years old.
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