Public lands are a massive source of drinking water in the United States. 180 million Americans get their drinking water from National Forest lands alone. Not only are we drinking this water, but wildlife and vegetation also depend on it as well.
Drinking is not the only use for these water sources; they are also the places we love to hike, camp, paddle, and play on. To keep our water sources clean, we need to be mindful of what we are putting into them while we are there.
There are many products that we use while recreating that can contaminate water when used too closely or improperly. In the video, see how three common products, sunscreen, toothpaste, and biodegradable soap, affect a pure water source and answer the question: Would You Drink It?
Polluted Water is a Problem We Can Solve
Access to water is a fundamental requirement of all life on earth. It’s also an invaluable resource for all kinds of recreational activities, from seaside picnics to kayak treks and leisurely canoeing. Bodies of water might seem impervious to human activity, but in fact the choices we make can have profound impacts on water quality and on aquatic life.
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