June is National Rivers Month! Need a good reason to celebrate? Here are just a few to choose from, courtesy of American Rivers...

*In the United States, one out of every three people gets their drinking water from a river or stream (though they might not know it!)

*Rivers are good for our economy: people spend about $97 billion each year on river-related recreation and tourism.

*Fish and wildlife depend on rivers, especially during breeding and migration.

The United States is home to about 2.9 million miles of river to enjoy and protect.

*Discover your rivers. Find places to boat and fish.

*Protect water quality where you live. Simple actions at home—picking up after your pet, installing a rain barrel, and using fertilizers sparingly—can reduce water pollution in local rivers and streams.

*Save water at home. If the entire world’s water fit into a one-gallon jug, fresh water available for our use would equal about one tablespoon! Help maintain the flow in local rivers and streams by reducing your water use at home.

*Lend a hand. Participate in a river cleanup, monitor water quality in a nearby river or stream, or join a local citizen science project.

<p>(Photo: NEEF)</p>

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Republished with permission from NEEF: https://www.neefusa.org/nature/water/celebrate-rivers

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