Help save our water


 

Help save our waterways.

Help save our waterways.

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*** Please use the above link to access the list of the Conference Committee members responsible for finalizing the FARRM bill. Please contact as many members as possible before the end of January.

The current FARRM Bill does not make any attempt to conserve water. It does virtually nothing to address water conservation issues. We are seeking to add two sentences, which will enable US agriculture processing facilities to save over 20 Billion Gallons of Water a Year at NO COST TO GOVERNMENT. This would be the most water savings in any industry in the US. In the past 10 years.

Please ADD These 2 Sentences:
Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Secretary of Agriculture shall require the use of water saving devices for hand washing stations and bathroom faucets at animal processing facilities inspected by USDA. Such devices shall automatically shut-off the water flow when hands are moved out of the water stream and shall be proven to reduce cross-contamination caused by touching faucet handles.

Our position is that the water that is wasted by the processing plants wastes belongs to the community. The water came directly from community owned source and drought threatens their water supply. We demand that processing plants take immediate action to reduce the amount of water they waste.

Thank you.

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“Helping Ma Nature”


Nature’s Crusaders would like to invite its readers and friends to submit ways they are helping the planet every day. The quiet ways each of us are helping make the earth a safer, healthier place to raise our families and protect our environment and all living things are unseen acts of heroism.

“I removed three shopping carts from historic Bread and Cheese Creek before coming to work. Every day I work on cleaning, promoting, educating, and recruiting volunteers to assist with the restoration of this historic stream. Not only should this creek be treated with respect for the role it played in the War of 1812, but it is also one of the Chesapeake Bay’s most polluted tributaries. Submitted by J L

How have you loved our Mother Earth today?  Please let us know.

“Most ancient water and fracture system critters on earth”


The deep saline ground waters in South Africa’s Witwatersrand Basin seem to be the result of isolation and extensive chemical interaction between water and rock over incredibly long geological time scales.may have remained isolated for many thousands, perhaps even millions, of years.

Found in the water is the noble gas neon dissolved in water in three-kilometre deep crevices.

This is unique specific neon isotope signature, along with the high salinities and some other unique chemical signatures. This is very different from anything seen in molten fluid and gases rising from beneath the Earth’s crust, according to University of Toronto professor Barbara Sherwood Lollar, who is the Canadian member of the international team that produced the results.

“The chemical signatures also don’t match those of ocean water or waters higher up in the Witwatersrand Basin, where as in most regions of the crust ground waters show evidence of mixing with surface waters and are extensively colonized by microorganisms,” she said.

“We concluded that the deeper waters were the product of isolation and extensive chemical interaction between water and rock over incredibly long geological time scales.”

The smoking gun was the ancient basement rock.

“We know that this specific neon isotope signature was produced and trapped within the rock at least two billion years ago. We can still find it there today,” Dr. Sherwood Lollar said.

“The study shows some of the neon found its way outside of the rock minerals, gradually dissolving into, and accumulating in, fluids in crevices. This could only happen in waters that have indeed been cut off from the surface for extremely long time periods.”

One of these fracture systems contains the deepest known microbial ecosystems on Earth. These are organisms that eke out an existence independent from sunlight on chemical energy that originates from rock.

“These deep microbial communities radically expand our concept of the habitability of the Earth’s subsurface and, indeed, our biosphere,” said Dr. Sherwood Lollar.

“Given that they have a genetic similarity to organisms found at hydrothermal vents, we assume this is not a separate origin of life, but instead these organisms arrived from elsewhere to colonize these rocks in ancient times,” she said.

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