Water, Water,… Everywhere?
Did you know that 80% of the Earth is covered with water, but only 3% of it is fresh water, and less than 1% of all water is good for human consumption? The rest of the water is salty ocean water, or fresh water that is frozen in a glacier. And of that small 1% of fresh water that we can use, an even tinier amount is used as drinking water.
Did you know that about 60% of our body is made up of water, 85% of our brain is water and 15% of our bones are water?
Water is SO important to LIFE! Sadly, there are many places in the world that are almost out of water supplies. As populations grow and the climate warms, more and more people will not have access to fresh water. In fact, it is predicted that 2 out of every 3 people will suffer from water shortages in the next few decades. To find out more, visit Green Kids Guide.
So, we MUST do what we can to protect it.
Here in northwestern Ontario, we are blessed with LOTS of water – Lake of the Woods, many smaller lakes and lots of rivers and streams. These all form part of the watershed in which we live – And LOTS of people drink the water in this watershed.
Here is what our watershed looks like
Did You Know? About 750,000 people drink water from our watershed including people living in northern Minnesota, Fort Frances, Atikokan, Kenora, over 20 First Nation communities, and the City of Winnipeg!