For Immediate Release
April 15, 2000
“Community Waters” is the theme of Soil and Water Stewardship Week, April 30 – May 7. Most of us live downstream from somebody, and someone else lives downstream from us. Cumberland Soil and Water Conservation District wants you to make a difference in your own backyard and to join with others to make your watershed a more healthy place to live.
Modern conservation efforts are now focused on ways to keep our natural water supply system clean, helping to keep down costs in water treatment facilities. Farmers are now installing grassed waterways and filter strips along the edges of their fields and streams to prevent soil and nutrients from being washed into major streams. Similar good management practices are being installed around construction sites and large buildings and parking lots in suburban and urban areas. Soil testing helps make sure that just the right amount of fertilizer is applied to fields and lawns.
Developing a positive stewardship attitude is important since we all live in a watershed and what we do in our own backyard has important consequences to everyone else who lives downstream from us.