March Challenge: Where's the Water?

[NOTE: The time and date that you do this challenge are up to you. The system is set to 11:45pm at the end of the month to keep the RSVP function open all month.]

Last month we looked at food--but what about water? Have you been thinking about learning which watershed you're in? Or finding ways to conserve water? This month, do something related to improving your relationship with the water that runs through your life.

Each month someone posts a Transition-related challenge here. We members go out as individuals and meet that challenge, then post in the comments telling just what we did. The challenge is open the minute it goes live on the Meetup site.

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  • Dawn

    Hopefully this works.It links to a story for the recent World Water Day. It's about the Cherokee ritual of 'going to water'. We can all do this daily.

    March 30, 2013

  • Emily R.

    I bought a shower head filter a while back for the shower at my parent's house and now that I live alone I want my own. I am going to buy a shower head filter because even at my parent's house where there tap water is delicious, there was green chlorine build up around the top of the shower head. I have psoriasis and I hope that this will help my skin. I use an energy efficient water saver type right now, but it puts out too little water and I am freezing in my old claw footed tub, which means I run the water hotter and longer than I should to keep warm.
    I know this doesn't have anything to do with my watershed, but I'm hoping that I take shorter showers, I don't have to put the temperature all the way hot, and my skin feels better.

    March 27, 2013

  • Selina W.

    I plan to look into getting a rain barrel.

    March 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    We live in the Stones River Wathershed in Rutherford County. We were unable to get out and discover on a large scale so we did small which we had learned is really not small at all. At the beginning of the month we lived in a campground with a creek running though it. After some serious storms my son and I had the chance to see where the rain water went. We followed the creek from one end of the park to the other watching how camp construction and litter affacted the flow of water. My pre-kindergartener now has an appreciation of not littering and keeping the waterways and the "Big Giant Earth" clean.
    In 2008 I joined my community in the Stones River Clean-up. It was so much fun. Okay so we worked but it was so much fun. I would love to do it again but have not been able to find info on the cleanup since returning to TN. However, I did find a more local cleanup and may participate in the next event.
    Smyrna Steam Cleanup Call Greg Upham[masked]

    1 · March 26, 2013

  • Sally W.

    This challenge nudged me to order the Travel Berkey that will purify up to 1.5 gallons of water at a time. In case of emergency, we will be able to drink the water from our cisterns.

    March 26, 2013

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    March 26, 2013

  • Jennifer C.

    Recently one of my sisters-in-law gifted us some homemade laundry detergent--and she wisely included the recipe.
    This morning I made my own for the first time, and I plan to continue doing so. The homemade detergent costs less per load than the storebought stuff, and the homemade puts less objectionable compounds into our wastewater.

    (BONUS: Some of the ingredients for the laundry powder are also ingredients in homemade dishwasher detergent. So next time I'm out shopping, I'll be picking up the other things I'll need to make that!)

    March 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I love ideas like this due to scheduling. I also have a young son almost four who is homeschooling. Activities like this gives me a good curriculum idea for him. I want his education to gear around the environment. Thank you. We are off to start our studies.

    1 · February 28, 2013

    • Jennifer C.

      Wow, Piper! Kudos to you for the great curriculum focus, and thank you for letting us know how you use these challenges! I'm glad to know you find them so helpful. Also, I'm e-mailing you; I have a 3-yr-old!

      March 2, 2013

  • martin h.

    We live near the source of Drake's Branch, a small, intermittent creek (on the surface) that feeds into White's Creek, which enters the Cumberland River on the west side of Nashville. Our neighbors have a spring, which supplies water to their home. Our land has a man-made pond which is probably fed by a similar spring, since it never goes dry in even the worst drought. Their spring feeds into an underground aquifer, and I think our pond does, too, because, when it fills its basin completely due to heavy rain, it rapidly sinks to its usual level.

    There are several unused wells on our land.. The neighbor with the spring told us that their experience with wells was that a shallow well gave good water, but not a lot of it, while a deeper well tapped into a more plentiful vein of "sulfur water."

    We are building an off-grid greenhouse/earth sheltered building, which catches rainwater, and has about 6800 gallons of storage capacity. There are still several steps to go to finish it.

    1 · February 28, 2013

  • Sally W.

    Richland Creek Watershed Alliance announces:
    NEIGHBORLY BRANCH CLEAN UP, March 2, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
    5500 Charlotte Pike
    60 Volunteers Needed
    Refreshments, Supplies and T-shirts Provided

    1 · February 27, 2013

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