Image description: Did you know approximately 117 million people - over one-third of the U.S. population - get some or all of their drinking water from public systems that rely in part on headwater, seasonal or rain-dependent streams?
Learn more about why streams matter.
Photo from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Do you have plans to hit the beach this summer? Here’s an easy tool to find water temperatures near you.
Image description: This animated gif shows the distribution of water vapor over Africa and the Atlantic Ocean. White areas have high concentrations of water vapor, while dark regions are relatively dry. The brightest white areas are towering thunderclouds. The image was acquired on the morning of September 2, 2010.
Learn more about the water cycle and why water is so important to the health of Earth from NASA’s Earth Observatory.
Image description: Mel Parsons from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) dives at the Tippo Bayou sampling station in the Mississippi Delta near Philipp, MS.
In what looks like pea soup, the diver was helping to collect ‘Sediment Oxygen Demand’ information. Sediment oxygen demand refers to how much oxygen is being used by organisms and plants in the sediment. The EPA uses these measurements to better understand the overall health of the water.
Photo from the EPA