CARBON IS RECOGNIZED FOR LOCAL GROUNDWATER PROTECTION EFFORTS

CARBON IS RECOGNIZED FOR LOCAL GROUNDWATER PROTECTION EFFORTS
The Times News, © 2004

October 7, 2004

Carbon County has been recognized by The Groundwater Foundation for its efforts to protect local groundwater supplies. The county was designated as a Groundwater Guardian Community for the 2004 program year and is among 151 communities from 33 states and one Canadian province to receive this designation.

Groundwater Guardian is a program of the foundation, of Lincoln, Neb., 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 addresss the groundwater concerns and issues of the community, ranging from youth water festivals to houseold hazardous waste pickups to wellhead protection ordinances.

Carbon will be nationally recognized for its work on behalf of groundwater at the National Groundwater Guardian Designation Celebration. The celebration will be held in conjunction with the foundation’s national conference. The conference, “Groundwater and Public Health: Making the Connection,” will be held Nov. 4-5 at the Wyndham, Washington, D.C., This year’s celebration marks the 10-year anniversary of the Groundwater Guardian program, which began with eight communities in 1994.

The foundation is a nonprofit organization with a mission to educate and motivate the public to care about and for groundwater. Since it began in 1984, the foundation has developed programs, projects and publications that have educated youth and adults about the importance of groundwater and ways they can help protect it.

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