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Ftme 20 Tillage In- an Center, Monsanto, State University and prior meet- interests and sup- a grower based Hal Clark, temporary e a meeting e Board to be ce room of the Panhandle Research Research Center in Ok., June 20, 2001, steering committee t Tillage Alli- alliance between indus- across the region to in creating THE WATER WATER ground water levels show High Plains Underground Wa- ter Conservation District No. 1 report that the depth to water lev- els taken from 1,215 wells indi- cate a decline of 1.14 feet in the ,- ground water level of the Ogal- FACTS OF LIFE TIPS 1. THERE IS the same amount of water on Earth now as there was when the Earth was formed The wa- ter from your faucet could contain molecules that di- nosaurs drank. 2. WATER IS composed of two elements, Hydrogen and Oxygen. 2 Hydrogen + 1 Oxygen = H20. 3. NEARLY 97% of the world's water is salty or EVERYONE CAN USE INSIDE TIPS * Fill a pitcher with tap water and put it in the fridge, rather than running the tap every time you want a drink. * Defrost frozen food otherwise undrinkable. An- has contacted lala Aquifer within the 6.8 million other 2% is locked in ice 1"- acre district. The average annual decline of 1.14 feet is 0.46 of a foot more than the 0.68 of a foot decline recorded in 1999. Histori- cally, the depth to water level mea- surements show the following: caps and glaciers. That Localh..1 leaves just 1% for all of er.u humanity's needs - all its conse at on to agricultural, residential, manufacturing, community, and personal needs. 4. WATER REGULATES the Earth's temperature. It also regulates the temperature of the human body, carries nutrients and oxygen to cells, cushions joints, pro- tects organs and tissues, and removes wastes. 5. 75% OF the human brain is water and 75% of a living tree is water. 70% of your skin in water. 6. A PERSON CAN live about a month without food, but only about a week without water. 7. WATER IS part of a deeply interconnected sys- tem. What we pour on the ground ends up in our wa- ter and what we discharge into the air eventually ends up in our water. SETTING STANDARDS for water quality is a complex process. It involves scien- tific research, analysis, evaluating health benefits and costs, and identifying appropriate treatment technologies. 9. THE 1996 REAUTHO- RIZATION of the Safe Drink- ing Water Act - the law that establishes drinking water quality standards in the United States - requires public water utilities to pro- vide annual water quality reports to their customers. 10. THE THREE BASICS that everyone should prac- tice are conserve, protect and get involved. identify resource concerns Do you have resource con- cerns that have not been iden- tified? Locally led conservation is based on the principle that community stakeholders are best suited to identify and re- solve local natural resource problems. Thus, community stakeholders are keys to suc- cessfully managing and protect- ing their natural resources. The Conservation District leads the effort in gathering input from a broad range of agencies, orga- nizations, businesses and indi- viduals in the local area who have an interest in natural re- source conditions and needs. It is of utmost importance to keep in mind that locally led conser- vation must be driven by natu- ral resource needs rather than by programs. Its primary focus should be to identify resource concerns, along with related economic and social concerns Meetings will be held later in the year to identify local re- source concerns and set goals to address needs. Please con- tact 580-544-3048 or 580-544- 2812 if yoU h tveresource con- cerns that fe Lshould be addressed. . motivated Board Alliance in their an- ; Committee members Wes Robbins, Tom Lucas, Alan Messenger, and John Hassle. =omments re- should be di- Sowder at NOTICE AVAILABLE! olarships for materi- are being offered rvation Districts for attend the Resource ram 2001. gh August )RTHWESTERN OKLA- UNIVERSITY at oma can earn 3 credit staff development tired by Oklahoma tE INFORMATION THE COURSE :T: ,tern Oklahoma State )r. Jim Gilchrist, Ag- )artment Phone: INFORMATION SCHOLARSHIPS .'T: County C,onserva- 92 7 Oklahoma Bou- OK 7371 7-2627 327-0218 information: CUlture Secretary has requested "Farm .pQ!ic " replace tile arm Bill." Average Increase 0.14 Average Decline 1991 0.73 1992 1993 1.46 1994 215 1995 1.91 1996 1.49 1997 0,34 1998 2.15 1999 0.68 The depth to water levels are usually taken in January and Feb- ruary of each year to allow water levels to stabilize from pumping during the previous crop growing season. However this year, a por- tion of the data collection was delayed by rain and snowfall which made it difficult to reach some of the well sites. At the end of the 2000 crop growing season, only the portions of Armstrong and Randall Coun- ties within the District recorded water level increases of less than one foot. In addition, Bailey and Lubbock Counties, and portions of Deaf Smith and Floyd Coun- ties within the District had water level declines of less than one foot in 2000. For further information regard- ing news on the High Plains Wa- ter Conservation District No. I and the OgMlala' Aquifer contact: WdY s' te: ihpwd.eamEmaih info@hpwd.com FAX: (806) 762- 1834 Space for this Page Provided by These Progressive Businesses: JUNE 13, 2001 in the retrigerator or in the microwave in- stead of running wa- ter over it. * Check faucets, toi- lets and pipes for leaks. * Use phosphate-free detergents. * Choose natural cleansers borax, THE BOISE CiTY NEWS PAGE 3 mulch around trees and plants tO retain water. * If you have: swim- ming pool, get a cover for it and you')] cut the loss of water by evaporation by 90%. .'. * Use a moisture in- dicator to tell when ammonia, vinegar or your lawn needs wa- baking soda. tering and when it When washing doesn't. dishes by hand, use two basins - one for washing, the other for rinsing - rather than letting the wa- ter run. * Insulate your water * Adjust sprinklers so only the lawn is watered, n :t the house, sidew alk or street. "- 4 WheP. , a tering steep sic ,pes(' use a heater and all hot soaker hose to help water pipes. Less wa- prevent wasteful run- ter willbe wasted be- off. -: '- fore hot water flows. * Consider installing Recycle water from drip irrigation for in- fish tanks by using it dividual bushes, to water plants, Fish trees, flowers, and emulsion is a good, garden areas. This inexpensive fertilizer method gets. water high in nitrogen and slowlv ancldir, --*, .... phosphorous, the plant roots where Build a compost it's neededmost. pile instead of using .: : your garbage dis- ALL-AROUNDTIPS posal., * Use recha geable OUTSIDE TIPS batteries * Do not drink water Choose :.organic directly from a pond, paint and natural. creek, stream, river finishes - wax and organic wood stains or lake without and natural preserva- bringing it to a roll- ing boil for one tives. minute. Let thewater * Have any' aban- cgol before drinking doned wells on your property Sealed by a licensed contractor. * Use a broom rather * Replace any' under- than the hose to clean sidewalks and ground storage driveways, tanks on your prop- * Use a bucket ofwa- erty with above- ground storage. ter, sponge and a * Have septic sys- hose with a shut-off tems pumped out ev- nozzle to wash your one! t .::tbree car. * Place a layer of years by a qualified plumber i:.-- IIIllJt IIHIII IIIIIII IIIIIII iiiiiiii IUlH 11 N.E. Fifth Street Boise City 73933 544-2479 or 1-80ff272-2783 Compton Insurance ricultural Aviation City, OK {580) 544-3122 580.546.75tl PO BOX 7 OFFICE KEYES, OKLAHOMA Farm Credit for for Life 2t43 Hwy 64 IL Gwmo OK 73942 and Long Term Ag Loans Federal Land Bank Association Production Credit Association Farm Credit Services 1.800-AG-LOANS Life. Health. Home. Farm. Auto Commercial. 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