Conserving water in your community

By Krista Van Tassel
March 22nd, 2012

A while ago we shared a post with you on some of the unexpected ways water is used along with some tips to help you conserve. Today, in honor of International World Water Day, we wanted to share a few surprising activities that can help to conserve and protect water supplies in your community.

This post comes just in time for April, too, which is when many of the Wells Fargo Green Teams volunteer in their community to support Earth Day on April 22, and in honor of National Volunteer Week held from April 15-21.

So join the more than 1 billion people who celebrate Earth Day through volunteerism this year and consider organizing one of these eco-themed projects to help preserve water in your community!

Organize a cleanup event at local waterway

Keeping contamination out of our oceans and rivers is a great way to help protect the natural environment. Clean-up projects not only help reduce litter, but also remove invasive natural species that can harm the bio-diversity of an area. Non-native plants often don’t filter water run-off as well as indigenous species, which can mean more pollution in our water ways. By volunteering in a clean-up project, you can help restore the natural balance of a local shoreline and water supply.

Find an opportunity through your local chapter of the Surfrider Foundation.

Start or support a Community Garden

Food uses a tremendous amount of water to produce (and then package and ship to your local supermarket). Supporting a local community garden or farmer’s market can be a wonderful way to raise awareness of water issues while helping the community. Because community gardens are often organic, the produce grown here can help to reduce water contamination from the pesticides and chemicals used in conventional farming practices. Because the gardens are local, the water and energy used to transport food to a local community is greatly reduced.

Visit the America American Community Gardening Association to find a community garden in your region.

Plant a tree

We all know about the wonderful benefits of trees in removing carbon dioxide from the environment, but they also help to preserve clean water for our communities. Trees serve as a natural filter for the soil (and therefore our ground water) by storing or changing potentially harmful pollutants into less harmful forms. Trees also help to prevent soil erosion into our streams and water ways and can absorb water, reducing the risk of flooding.

Locate a tree planting volunteer event through the Arbor Day Foundation.

Krista Van Tassel

Krista Van Tassel

As Community and Team Member Engagement manager for Wells Fargo’s Environmental Affairs Team, Krista supports the company’s 70+ Green Teams, recognizing and promoting environmental innovator best practices, and engaging and educating team members about their role in helping the company’s sustainability efforts. She also manages Wells Fargo’s Environmental Solutions for Communities’ $3 million annual nonprofit grant program focused on helping make long-term sustainable economic investments in local communities where its customers and 264,000 team members work and live. Prior to joining Wells Fargo in 2009, Krista worked in a variety of sustainability and marketing positions in both the nonprofit and for profit sectors. Krista earned her MBA in International Business at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

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Chelsey Davidson November 12, 2013 at 10:27 pm:

All your information has helped me with my essay

Krista Van Tasselon November 12, 2013 at 11:04 pm:

Hi Chelsey – So glad the article was helpful for your work!

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