Tell us why Water Is Worth It

By Travis Loop

As someone responsible for communications on water issues at EPA, I’m always working to explain how the agency’s actions matter to the American people. This year provides a unique opportunity to spark a national conversation about something that is vital to every single person – clean water.

2012 is the 40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act, the nation’s law for protecting our most irreplaceable resource. This year we will certainly talk about the tremendous progress in reducing pollution since 1972, the many milestones along the way, the ways that the job is far from over and the tough challenges we face today and in the future.

But we don’t want to have a one-way conversation. We want to hear from you. Tell us why Water Is Worth It.

We’ve set up a variety of ways that people can participate in the conversation about clean water. Our webpage will be the central location for information, activities, news and networking.

I imagine many of you are active in social media so I encourage you to follow our accounts. You can find us on Facebook . You can follow us on Twitter @EPAwater. We want to have a nationwide digital dialogue so use the hashtag #cleanwater.

Keep watching the Greenversations blog for entries by EPA officials and staff on water issues. Provide your thoughts in the comments section and share the blog entry with others.

Throughout 2012, EPA’s Watershed Academy will be offering free webinars on aspects of the Clean Water Act, including an introduction, State Revolving Funds, the National Estuary Program and more. If you can’t join these webinars live, they are all archived for future access.

To tell the visual story of water, we’ve gathered photos of water submitted in 1972 and 2012. We encourage you to add to this gallery. It would be especially interesting to see new photos taken in the same location as 1972 to see how the water and surroundings have changed.

We also invite you to participate in the Rachel Carson contest. There are four categories: photography, essay, poetry and dance. Submissions are encouraged to focus on the properties of water – how it tastes, what it sounds like, how it feels – and what water means you.

We’re looking forward to hearing you tell us why Water Is Worth It.

About the author: Travis Loop is the communications director for the Office of Water at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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