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Clean water is vital to our health, communities, and economy. People depend on clean water for their health: The United States Environmental Protection Agency claims that about 117 million Americans – one in three people – get their drinking water from streams protected by the Clean Water Rule. Clean water is vital for healthy ecosystems and provides a proper wildlife habitat and places to fish, paddle, surf, and swim. Additionally, our economy depends on clean water for manufacturing, farming, tourism, recreation, energy production, and other major economic sectors to function and flourish.
Clean water upstream is essential for healthy communities downstream. The health of rivers, lakes, bays, and coastal waters depends on the streams and wetlands at their origin. Streams and wetlands provide myriad benefits to communities by trapping floodwaters, recharging groundwater supplies, filtering pollution, and providing habitat for fish and wildlife. This means that protecting and cleaning our streams is vitally important. West Goshen does its best to keep our streams clean; however, municipalities cannot do this alone. Public participation is vital to our clean stream program. Here are some ways that you can make a difference:
Check out the infographic below to see why doing your part to keep our streams clean is so important!