National Science Foundation Teams with NBC to Create Video about Health of Water
August 5, 2013
Editor’s Note: Our colleagues at the Ground Water Protection Council first published this article in their August Newsletter. ASDWA encourages you to take a look at these 7 videos (about 5 minutes each) and share them with your water systems as part of the discussion on both sustainability and the value of water.
“The National Science Foundation (NSF) and NBC Learn (NBC News’ educational arm) have teamed up to produce a new informative video series that examines the long-term health of one of America’s most important resources: water. As climate rapidly changes and population grows, providing a sufficient supply and quality of water will be a critical challenge to people everywhere. These videos aim to help advance public understanding of the effects human activity and climate variability have on water and its distribution system.
“Sustainability: Water,” an original seven-part collection, consists of detailed stories explaining significant challenges to managing the water supply in selected regions and cities across the United States. The series highlights research funded by NSF and looks at the lives of scientists who are hard at work on projects designed to help pave the way to a more sustainable future. Each video features an NSF-supported scientist from a diversity of fields, geographic locations and institutions explaining a specific challenge and how these challenges are affecting the water supply. Each episode is available cost-free to teachers, students and the public at NSF and the NBCLearn http://www.nbclearn.com/portal/site/learn websites.
“Most Americans take water for granted,” said Roger Wakimoto, assistant director for NSF’s Directorate for Geosciences. “We have occasional water restrictions, but for most of us, when we turn on the tap, water is there. This series with NBC Learn aims to help people become more conscious of the threats to our water supply and understand the steps that need to be taken to maintain it.”
“Our new series with NSF is an excellent opportunity to raise awareness about the challenges to our environment,” said Soraya Gage, general manager of NBC Learn. “By exploring the challenge of sustainable water, we hope to raise awareness and spur dialogue about managing the water system and conserving Earth’s most precious resource.”