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Welcome to another edition of the EAC Action News, a publication of the Ecology Action Center.  EAC acts as the primary resource for environmental education, information, and outreach in McLean County.  


Our focus in this issue is clean water and how to protect it.  While water literally falls from the sky in apparent abundance, it is also a finite natural resource, in an ongoing cycle of reuse.  With approximately 60-70% of the human body being composed of water, few things are more critically linked to our own health and well being then clean water.  

 

WGLT's Uncommon Knowledge: Protect Clean Water 

wglt.orgEAC is fortunate to have great community partners such as ISU's WGLT.  In addition to being a great resource for news and music, WGLT also produces its own quality programs such as Uncommon Knowledge, the weekly science program that briefly explains everyday scientific events with a light, but rooted-in-science approach.

This month, Uncommon Knowledge is running a series on water pollution.  Hosts Janet Moore and Jay Ansher discuss the threats to clean and safe drinking water as well as what actions we all can take to better prevent water pollution in the first place.

If you missed any of the current episodes, you can still listen to them online for free:

Water Pollution, Part 1 (mp3)
The problem of water pollution is solved? Well, not quite. Learn more in this episode of Uncommon Knowledge.

Water Pollution, Part 2 (mp3)
It's getting harder to blame big business and industry for water pollution. In this episode of Uncommon Knowledge, Jay and Janet explain how to stop pollution at home.

Water Pollution, Part 3 (mp3)
One of the biggest sources of water pollution is runoff after a storm. But as Jay and Janet learn there are things Illinois State University is doing to naturally filter storm water.

Listen to WGLT's Uncommon Knowledge Monday mornings at 7:37 AM at 89.1 FM, through a live stream on the WGLT website or download the podcast at http://wglt.org/programs/uncommon_knowledge/.

For more information storm water runoff pollution and how you can help protect clean water, call the Ecology Action Center at (309) 454-3169.

Yard Smart Garden Walk

You are invited to join us on our free annual Yard Smart Garden Walk, coming up on Saturday, June 25. This garden tour highlights examples yardsmart_smof area yards that are both beautiful and protect our local environment. 

The tour is from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and involves tours of local yards in the Bloomington-Normal area that demonstrate the Yard Smart principles, including reduced use of pesticides, recycling and creating wildlife habitat. Some of the yards are examples of chemical-free maintenance or organic gardening practices.  Reducing usage of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides can help reduce storm water runoff pollution of our water supplies.

The event is free and open to everyone. If you are interested in joining us, please call the Ecology Action Center at (309) 454-3169 to RSVP.

More information on the Yard Smart program including many useful fact sheets free for download are available on the EAC's website.

New Rain Garden Installation

Rain GardenThis past weekend EAC staff and volunteers installed a new public rain garden in partnership with the Town of Normal.  Located at the north end of Oak Street in Normal (where Oak dead-ends at the railroad tracks), this new rain garden is intended to serve as s demonstration site to show how rain gardens help protect clean water supplies.

What IS a rain garden you ask? Why, it’s a landscaping feature that is designed to absorb and filter stormwater. It can be a beautiful addition to any landscaping while also filtering out stormwater pollutants and protecting clean water supplies in the process. Rain gardens can also help prevent flooding and reduce the burden on already overtaxed stormwater sewer systems and reduce combined sewer overflows.

For more information on building your own rain garden, check out the EAC website or call the EAC at (309) 454-3169.
As always, we look forward to seeing you at the Ecology Action Center! Please stop by anytime Monday - Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or call us at (309) 454-3169 for information on our latest programs and events or to get answers to questions on recycling, household hazardous waste, clean water, and more!

The Ecology Action Center is a not-for-profit walk-in information and environmental education center with a mission to inspire and assist residents of McLean County in creating, strengthening and preserving a healthy environment.

www.ecologyactioncenter.org



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