Take Action – Celebrate World Water Day

Advocacy

Canoe on a blue lake in the Boundary Waters
Photo Ken Ljung

Freshwater is our most valuable natural resource. It is vital to life itself.

Known as the land of 10,000 lakes, Minnesota is fortunate to be home to some of the most abundant, clean freshwater on Earth, including the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. The Lake Superior watershed alone makes up approximately 10 percent of the world’s freshwater supply.

March 22 is World Water Day – an annual event that celebrates water and raises awareness of the 2 billion people currently living without access to safe water.

A rising number of threats have emerged in recent years that endanger the health of clean water across Minnesota.

Without bold action and major policy changes from Minnesota’s elected leaders, the land of sky-blue waters will soon become the land of irreparably-polluted waters.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), fresh surface and groundwater (i.e. drinkable water) make up only 0.001% of water on the planet. As clean water becomes scarce — a future reality that is increasingly likely — it will be more important than ever to adopt landmark policy changes to keep Minnesota’s clean water free from pollution. Minnesota’s policymakers and elected leaders must act with urgency to ensure that Minnesota’s clean water is protected for future generations.

It is critical that Minnesota’s environmental laws and regulations are updated to reflect the current scientific consensus around threats to our clean water.

With your help, we can ensure our most precious resource is protected, and enjoyed, for this and future generations.

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