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[IDEM] World Water Day is time to pledge water cooperation
Start Date: 3/21/2013
End Date: 3/21/2013
Entry Description

Individual steps can add up to a big environmental change

As nations around the globe observe World Water Day on Friday, Hoosiers can make a positive difference by taking simple steps. As World Water Day 2013 highlights water cooperation, the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) offers a few simple tips to help Hoosiers work individually and with one another. 

• To keep excess chemicals from running off of the land into fresh water supplies, turn in unwanted household cleaners, unwanted medications and used oil at local collections. Use low- or no-phosphorus fertilizer when treating lawns. For more on what you can do to help clean up Indiana’s lakes, rivers, streams, and wetlands, visit   

• Conserve fresh water. Fix leaking fixtures around the home; turn off the water when brushing teeth; run only full loads of laundry; use faucet aerators, low-flow toilets and low-flow showerheads. Calculate how much water you can conserve with the Hoosiers Care online calculator at    

• Learn about your watershed and how you can help protect it. Unlike the straight lines of city, county and state boundaries, watershed borders are wavy or jagged because they follow terrain features. Visit IDEM’s watershed website at to learn what a watershed is, where pollution comes from, and everyday actions that can change the quality of our water. Remember that watershed boundaries often overlap political boundaries, requiring different communities, counties, groups and businesses to work together. Check out IDEM’s Watershed Toolkit at to learn ways groups can work together to protect the watersheds they share.

•  Monitor a stream or lake. The Hoosier Riverwatch program offers plenty of opportunities for individuals, groups and schools to get involved in monitoring the health of Indiana’s surface waters and take part in managing some of the problems. To learn how to get involved, visit the Hoosier Riverwatch website at   

“With more than six million Hoosiers living in Indiana, our individual actions add up to a huge, collective impact,” said IDEM Commissioner Thomas Easterly. “This World Water Day, I encourage all Hoosiers to pledge to take action. Together, we can keep changing our environment for the better.” 

To learn more about World Water Day, visit  

About IDEM
IDEM ( implements federal and state regulations regarding the environment. Through compliance assistance, incentive programs and educational outreach, the agency encourages and aids business and citizens in protecting Hoosiers and our environment.

Contact Information:
Name: Amy Hartsock
Phone: (317) 233-4927
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    > Whitewater River at Thistlewaite Falls in Wayne County. IDEM file photo.
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    Environmental Management, Indiana Department of

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