Commonwealth Water Education Project Kicks Off in Bowling Green

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Every five years the Kentucky Environmental Education Council conducts a survey of Kentuckians knowledge about the environment.

Jane Eller is the Executive Director of the Environmental Education Council. She says: "Our last two surveys have shown that people care about water. They really are concerned about water, but they don't understand where water pollution comes from."

That's one of the reasons 21 partners have collaborated to raise awareness of the number source of water pollution, runoff.

Terry Wilson is the Director of Math, Science, and Environment for Western Kentucky University. He says: "Which is coming from everywhere, off of our lawns, our highways, our new housing developments, parking lots."

Speakers from around the state spoke of their future plans for the Commonwealth Water Education Project. They gave visual demonstrations of how runoff affects everyday life and offered some ways to combat the problem.

Eller says: "Don't put too much fertilizer on your lawn or pesticides. If you're changing your oil, don't pour it down the drain. If you're building something, make sure you have a buffer zone between your building site and the nearest creek."

The motto of the Commonwealth Water Education Project is 'If it's on the ground, it's in your water.' With 89,000 miles of rivers and streams like the Lost River that's something they want everyone to be more conscious of.

Wilson says: "I guess I'd just emphasize that everybody needs to be aware of these problems and think about what they can do individually."