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Aug 11

Happy National Water Quality Month!

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Are you aware that August is Water Quality Month? August is the time of year when many people are enjoying the last bits of summer recreational activities involving water. But these bodies of water are threatened by increasing water pollution. The Clean Water Act was passed in 1972 but most people are unaware of the little ways they can pollute their water. Water sustains all life and entire ecosystems depend on it for their survival. Water Quality Month reminds us to take a long, hard look at what your household and community are doing to protect sources of fresh water.

The History of Water Quality Month
The United Nations has declared 2005-2015 an International Decade for Action “Water for Life” in order to emphasize the importance of water quality as it relates to sanitation, human rights, geography, urbanization and sustainability. Emphasizing how interlinked water systems are, the Audobon Society points to the dangers of runoff from agriculture, forestry, construction and people’s personal yards:”Each individual household may not produce enough pollution to force a beach closing or cause a fish kill, but the combined output of all the homes in a community can be severe. And, consider that about half of the U.S. population lives within 50 miles of a coastline where runoff flows quickly to the ocean. This is why watershed protection — attention not only to the body of water but the area that drains into it — is important.”

“Each individual household may not produce enough pollution to force a beach closing or cause a fish kill, but the combined output of all the homes in a community can be severe. And, consider that about half of the U.S. population lives within 50 miles of a coastline where runoff flows quickly to the ocean. This is why watershed protection — attention not only to the body of water but the area that drains into it — is important.”

“Each individual household may not produce enough pollution to force a beach closing or cause a fish kill, but the combined output of all the homes in a community can be severe. And, consider that about half of the U.S. population lives within 50 miles of a coastline where runoff flows quickly to the ocean. This is why watershed protection — attention not only to the body of water but the area that drains into it — is important.”

How to Celebrate Water Quality Month
What can individuals and families can do to prevent water pollution from their homes especially during Water Quality Month? Here’s a short list of things that you can do at home to help: Not using antibacterial soaps or cleaning products. Regular soap and water will do the trick. Much of the antibacterial soaps contain a registered pesticide that is known to harm marine life.
Not flushing unwanted or out-of-date medications down the toilet or drain.
Not putting anything but water down storm drains because they carry water to local waterways.
Fixing leaks that drop from cars and putting liners in driveways to collect oil and other materials.
Avoid using pesticides or chemical fertilizers.
Choose nontoxic household products when possible.
Pick up after pets.
Not paving properties.

If you have a private well make sure it is tested and cleaned regularly. There can be bacteria build up in wells.
Read your local water quality report so you know what the water quality is in your area.

Another option could be to gather a group of family, friends, and neighbors and volunteer to clean a local water source. You could bring a picnic (and some beer for the adults) and hold a contest to see who can clean up the most trash and debris, offering a prize to the winning team. It’s a great way to get everyone together and enjoy an outdoor day full of fun and good-doing!

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Apr 13

How ocean pollution affects humans

Even though some people may believe that ocean pollution does not affect them, these people are very wrong. Whether you live directly on the coast or hundreds of miles away from a beach, ocean pollution affects everyone.

The ocean is one of the largest, abundant and diverse ecosystems on the planet, which provides over 70% of the oxygen that we breathe and over 97% of the world’s water supply without it, we would not exist.

However, everyday the ocean is being attacked by manmade and natural pollution, which is bringing it to the point of disaster.

Plastic is one of the largest factors of ocean pollution. Did you know that over 8 million tons of plastic is being deliberately dumped into the ocean every year? Even though these off shore waste areas are hundreds of miles away from the beach, plastic still manages to end up on our beaches and coastlines, destroying marine life and their habitats in its wake.

If you would like to learn more about ocean pollution and how it affects marine life as well as life on earth, take a look at the fascinating infographic, created by the team at divein.com

Dec 15

The Importance of our Oceans

The world’s global ocean is extremely important to life on earth. Not only does the global ocean take up 71% of the planet’s surface, it is also the largest ecosystem on earth. Our whole lives rely on the health and success of the oceans. Over half of the air that we breathe is produced by the oceans as well as over 96% of our water supply comes from this huge body of water. Not only can we thank the ocean for the air we breathe and the water we drink, we can also thank the ocean for creating nearly a sixth of the protein that we eat.

The oceans are extremely important when climate change is concerned, as they can absorb a huge amount of carbon dioxide from the environment. If it wasn’t for the oceans, the impact of climate change would be extremely detrimental to life on earth.

The ocean is also a source for some incredible and life changing medicines which can help combat cancer, help with pain relief and have extremely high anti-bacterial properties. The oceans are our life line and without them, we would not exist. Did you know that ocean-based businesses have injected nearly $500 Billion into the world’s economy?

If you would like to learn more about the oceans and what lies beneath the surface, then take a look at the infographic below which was created by divein.com. These 50 fascinating will shock you and will certainly leave you wanting more…

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Guest Post by Torben Lonne – Chief-editor at DIVE.in
Torben is a top skilled PADI MSDT instructor. He has worked several years with scuba diving in Indonesia and Thailand – and dived most of his life in most of the world.