Rodale Launches Grow Clean Water Initiative

Watershed Protection

Rodale Launches Grow Clean Water Initiative

Posted: Wednesday, December 18, 2019
Source: Whole Foods Magazine

Rodale Institute recently launched a “Grow Clean Water” initiative aimed at educating young families in the Philadelphia region about the connection between farming practices and healthy rivers and streams, according to a press release.

The William Penn Foundation funded this initiative, which is part of a larger project to reduce agricultural runoff in the Delaware River Watershed. The watershed spans parts of four states and provides drinking water to more than 13 million people, including residents of New York City, Trenton, Wilmington, and Philadelphia. There are nearly 15,000 farms in the watershed, and its largest pollutants are erosion, pesticides, and fertilizers, harming both wildlife and human health.

The Grow Clean Water campaign teaches families that supporting healthy farms, such as organic farms and regenerative farms, can have a positive impact on both soil and clean water. 

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