It’s OkState Water Week

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Here’s a cold, hard fact. Our water supply isn’t limitless. I know the opposite seems true, especially when most of us don’t have to walk any further than our kitchen sink or refrigerator to have access to clean water.

But, the reality is, water is a resource we can’t afford to waste or treat lightly. The most recent extended drought was a tough reminder to everyone, and especially those of us in agriculture and natural resources, about the consequences when streams and rivers, ponds and lakes, wetlands and wells begin drying up.

The good news is everyone can play a role in protecting this precious resource, and participating in OkState Water Week is the perfect way to get involved in an important issue that affects all us.

Today marks the beginning of this year’s OkState Water Week. The 5th annual event runs through Saturday, March 26 and features a slate of educational and interactive activities. Hosted by the Oklahoma Water Resources Center, which is housed under DASNR, it coincides with United Nations World Water Day on March 22.

In addition to daily challenges such as spending time cleaning up local streams, students from across the nation will congregate on our campus to take part in the Student Water Conference on Thursday, March 24. The same day, Ty Ferre, Darcy Lecturer and University of Arizona professor, will present the Buchanan Lecture.

Beyond this week’s celebration of all things water, it’s important not to lose sight of the myriad of issues related to water use and conservation facing Oklahoma and the nation. It is a point of pride to say OSU, DASNR and the OWRC are leading the way with cutting-edge research that can be translated into effective real-world strategies and Extension programs that help home-owners, farmers and ranchers implement those strategies through their own water stewardship.

But, our researchers and scientists can’t do it alone. Another cold, hard fact? It’s time to get involved, or if you’ve already began answering the call to action, here’s your chance to expand your contributions.