The Times News, © 2006

November 28, 2006

Carbon County has been named a Groundwater Guardian Community by the Groundwater Foundation in recognition of its efforts to protect local groundwater supplies. Carbon County was designated as a Groundwater Guardian Community for the 2006 program year and is among 152 communities in 33 states and one Canadian province to receive this designation.

Groundwater Guardian is a program of the Groundwater Foundation, which encourages citizen involvement in groundwater education and protection at the local level. Groundwater Guardians form diverse teams of citizens, business/agriculture, local government, and educators and work together to implement activities that address the groundwater concerns and issues of the community, ranging from youth water festivals to household hazardous waste pickups to wellhead protection ordinances. Carbon County has been designated as a Groundwater Guardian since 2000.

Carbon County was nationally recognized for its work on behalf of groundwater at the National Groundwater Guardian Designation Celebration, held in conjunction with the Groundwater Foundation’s National Conference. The 2006 conference, “Pathogens – People – Protection,” was held Nov. 1-3, 2005 at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center in East Lansing, Mich. This year’s celebration included the official Groundwater Guardian Designation Ceremony, a reception, silent auction and banquet.

The Groundwater Foundation is a nonprofit organization with a mission to educate and motivate the public to care about and for groundwater. Since it began in 1985, the Foundation has developed programs, project, s and publications that have educated youth and adults about the importance of groundwater and ways they can help protect it.

For more information about Groundwater Guardian, the Groundwater Foundation or about Carbon County’s Groundwater Guardian activities, call 1-800-858-4844, e-mail or visit the Foundation’s Web site at