Yadkin Riverkeeper received a $25,000 grant from Wells Fargo-National Fish and Wildlife Foundation in order to hold seven public education forums.
The meetings, entitled “Think Outside The Sink,” will focus on increasing the amount of direct citizen input received by the North Carolina Division of Water Quality. The first in a series of seven forums will be held on World Water Day, Mar. 22, at Wake Forest University.
Think Outside The Sink is designed to give citizens information on new rules and regulations North Carolina is currently developing to improve water quality in the Yadkin River. In order to positively effect the river’s health the state needs cooperation from local governments and industries.
The Division of Water Quality is a branch of the North Carolina Department of Environmental and Natural Resources. As part of the its mandate the division is required to develop a Nutrient Management Strategy to address pollution sources that are effecting the Yadkin and High Rock Lake. More than 500,000 people in the Triad region rely on the Yadkin River for drinking water. The participation of these citizens is vital to the success of the program.
The forum will be held at 8:30 p.m. in the Kulynych Auditorium, Byrum Center at Wake Forest University. The six additional forums will be announced later in 2013.
World Water Day has been observed on Mar. 22 since 1993, when the United Nations declared the day as a time to focus on the critical water issues affecting the world.