DAY 19: THE IMPORTANCE OF WATERSHEDS
— LEARN —
This week we have explored the importance of water for all life on earth and how water issues intersect with environmental justice. Today you are invited to learn more about how and where water flows in your community by researching your watershed and identifying the source of your drinking water.
A watershed is an area of land that drains all the streams and rainfall to a common outlet such as the outflow of a reservoir, mouth of a bay, or any point along a stream channel. They provide drinking water, habitats for wildlife, soil to grow our food, and locations for fishing, boating and swimming. Everyone lives in a watershed, and watersheds are interconnected and can flow through one another. Protecting water in one place benefits the entire system.
— PRAY —
Bring a cup of water to a place where you will begin your prayer.
Dip your fingers and feel the water as you play this song and pray.
Think about your watershed and the habitats and ecosystems it supports. Pray that your watershed remains protected and continues to be a source of life for your community.
Song: Come to the Water | Father John Foley
— ACT —
- Locate your watershed, and research to see if there is a local watershed conservation group in your area. (United States Residents: You can use this tool to locate your watershed).
- Do you know the source of your drinking water? If not, research where it originates. (United States Residents: You can check the health of your local waterways here.)