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Water is too precious not to protect, conserve

Staff Report • Mar 9, 2012 at 8:32 AM

It’s a primary ingredient of life and for sustaining it on this planet. H20. Water. Without it, crops wither, animals perish and people die.

Protecting its quality and conserving its quantity should be a chief concern of we humans who rely daily on water for our very survival.

Unfortunately, we haven’t always been considerate stewards of this precious resource. That’s why it is encouraging to read of endeavors like those reported by Press staff writer Amanda Marsh in Thursday’s paper.

In case you missed it, Marsh checked on the efforts of graduate students in the Department of Environmental Health at East Tennessee State University to monitor progress being made to improve the water quality of Sinking Creek, which has been included on a list of “impaired streams” by the state because of E.coli contamination.

These students are doing important work, as are all who are involved in cleaning up streams that have become polluted by human or animal waste. This contamination can be eliminated, or at least dramatically reduced, with better pasture management and septic systems connecting to the city’s sewer system.

The Boone Watershed Partnership has received a grant to help property owners along Sinking Creek better manage pastures and connect to public sewers. You can learn more about this worthy project by going to www.boonewatershed.com.

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