Pennsylvania Raises a Toast to World Water Day
Friday, March 21, 2008
Harrisburg, PA - Discussion of Pennsylvania's water situation is "on tap" this weekend. Saturday is World Water Day, a yearly observance set by the United Nations to recognize that more than one billion people around the world don't have access to safe drinking water.
It's also a time to talk about keeping local water supplies clean and abundant. Kim Patten with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation says that, even though drinking water isn't scarce here, there are constant pollution threats, from chemicals, sewage, and mercury, to name a few.
"We all play a role in maintaining good water quality, both locally, and for all of our downstream neighbors."
Patten says World Water Day helps put some perspective on the importance of local projects to clean up the Chesapeake Bay area.
"It helps spotlight some global water issues. It's a great way to dovetail with what we do in terms of local water quality issues."
Patten says a state program that gives tax credits to farmers and ranchers who help keep pollution out of waterways met its $10 million limit in just a few days. A film demonstrating how water management in one area affects another is showing at the Whitaker Center, along with a display of water-saving tips for all Pennsylvanians.
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