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LINCOLN, Neb. -- The 55 communities involved in a program
Groundwater Guardian come from widely diverse locations in 28 states and one Canadian
province, but they have one thing in common: every community is dependent on
groundwater for its drinking water supply. The national program, sponsored by
the Groundwater Foundation at Lincoln, recognizes and connects communities
that are taking extraordinary care of groundwater supplies.
The Groundwater Guardian program, currently in its second year,
support, assistance, and linkages to both local and national experts. The
program is patterned after the popular "Tree City U.S.A." program.
Populations of the 1995 Groundwater Guardian participants range from under
400 in Keysville, Ga., to nearly a million in Hamilton County, Ohio.
Geographic size ranges from villages less than a square mile to a local
government entity as large as two to three counties drawing from the same
The diversity of the communities also is evident through "the
activities they choose to implement," said Susan Seacrest, president of the
Groundwater Foundation. "A community may choose to begin the protection
process by building community awareness or to implement a completed wellhead
protection plan," added Seacrest.
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