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How can we reduce floods, droughts and water pollution? By using the solutions we already find in nature.

How can we reduce floods, droughts and water pollution? By using the solutions we already find in nature.

What is World Water Day?

World Water Day, on March 22 every year, is about focusing attention on the importance of water. The theme for World Water Day 2018 is ‘Nature for Water’– exploring nature-based solutions to the water challenges we face in the 21st century.

Damaged ecosystems affect the quantity and quality of water available for human consumption. Today, 2.1 billion people live without safe drinking water at home; affecting their health, education, and livelihoods.


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Importance of Source Water Protection

Source water protection (SWP) is a program, initiated by a water utility, to maintain or enhance water quality in streams, lakes, reservoirs, and groundwater that provide source water for water treatment utilities. Surface water is the source for over 220 million North Americans and a supply of safe and abundant potable water is essential for protection of public health and maintaining the economy. 

NALMS supports SWP programs, specifically for lakes and reservoirs. Read our position statement, along with the full white paper, here.

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The Value of Water

The Value of Water Campaign is supported by top leaders from across the water industry committed to raising awareness about the importance of water and the often invisible water challenges threatening our country.


Founded in 1980, NALMS is a nonprofit focused on the management and protection of lakes and reservoirs. A melting pot, welcoming anyone with an interest in lakes, NALMS strives to forge partnerships among citizens, scientists, and professionals to achieve this mission.


Please consider a gift to NALMS to enhance and further our important programs, including our annual conference, the Secchi Dip-In (our summer citizen science program), Lakes Appreciation Month, and more. Your support truly makes a difference to our world's lakes and freshwater resources. 
Visit our website to learn more.


 March 22, 2018