On Monday, an article in USA Today focused on something many people have been saying for years: “we aren't motivated to do anything about environmental problems until they are staring us in the face.” Back in 1970 when the Earth Day was created, the organizers used the event as rallying cry to motivate the public at a time were environmental concerns were only beginning to enter the mainstream, prompted by smog and pictures of the Cuyahoga River on fire.
These days, Earth Day isn’t as much of a rallying cry, but a way of refocusing the community on the issues that are not always at the forefront of the communal consciousness. Issues like water and wastewater infrastructure, stormwater, water reuse and resiliency are just some of the challenges facing municipalities today, and most of the time, unless there is a hue and cry from politicians or citizens, they are not at the forefront. Earth Day and Earth Week provide a welcome opportunity for NACWA’s clean water utility members to strut their stuff to their rate payers and decision-makers – showing the very best of what they do – below is a listing of some of the events NACWA’s staff and Public Agency members are participating in this year:
- Earth Day Texas (Dallas, TX) – Stop on by Booth 1501 and say hi to NACWA’s Executive Director, Ken Kirk or visit Dallas Public Works and their Cease the Grease project at Booth 1207
- Alexandria Earth Day (Alexandria, VA) – During the celebration, City in coordination with Alexandria Renew Enterprises will be giving their 6th annual award to recognize those who demonstrate a commitment to protecting the natural environment and keeping the City “green.”
- ACUA's Earth Day Festival (Egg Harbor Township, NJ) – The Atlantic County Utilities Authority’s festival, now in its 24th year, historically draws a crowd of nearly 4,000 people with one common goal: to have fun and help make a positive change for the future of our environment.
- City of Springfield, MO – joins Arbor Day and Earth Day in a month long celebration.
Events like these are taking place all over the country. NACWA members produce clean water for majority of the sewered population of the United States and work to maintain a very high standard of environmental stewardship through their business practices. For our staff and members, every day is Earth Day.