Whiteboard animation to explain source water protection goals
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Posted by: Bonnie Spencer
AWWA has created a six-minute whiteboard animation video to explain how excess nutrient runoff impacts drinking water sources, leading to water quality issues. Available on AWWA’s YouTube channel, the video describes how partnerships between the water and agricultural communities are vital to source water protection and how Congress can help address the issue.
As outlined in the video, this year Congress is expected to take up work on the reauthorization of the Farm Bill, which provides funding for conservation practices on agricultural land. AWWA is requesting that the bill include language that will provide funding and support for programs that reduce nutrient runoff and protect source waters.
Members are encouraged to use this video to support AWWA’s goals for the upcoming Farm Bill reauthorization among their customers, local media, agricultural community, Congressional members and other key stakeholders. Specifically, AWWA goals for the reauthorized Farm Bill are:
• Provide robust overall funding for the conservation title.
• Emphasize protecting water to safeguard public health.
• Expand opportunities for the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to work with water systems to prioritize activities in each state.
• Increase benefits for farmers who employ practices that benefit downstream water quality.
• Ensure at least 10 percent of conservation program funds, Title 2 in the Farm Bill, is focused on the protection of drinking water.
As of today, the whiteboard animation has already been viewed more than 1,600 times online.
Further AWWA resources to understand and discuss this issue include:
January 5, 2018 issue of Connections
David LaFrance’s January 2018 Open Channel column in Journal AWWA
David LaFrance’s October 12, 2017 Op-Ed
October 10, 2017 Press Release
September 29, 2017 issue of Connections
Questions can be directed to Greg Kail, AWWA director of communications.