By Linda Hunter, Executive Director
Why should you care about watersheds? What the heck is a watershed anyway? Your watershed is, technically, the area of land that drains rainfall and runoff into a common body of water like a creek or the Bay. All of the water you and your family or housemates use ultimately flows directly to the Bay or to the Pacific Ocean. But your watershed is more than this hydrologic explanation about how water flows. Your watershed is where you live, work and play–it is the container of your life–the interdependent web of living organisms that inhabit your yard, neighborhood and city. All life within your watershed depends on a healthy watershed for clean soil, air and water.
But our ties to local water resources have unraveled. Birds and fish have fled in the face of urban and industrial development. Shorelines sprout trash instead of grasses, riprap instead of vibrant subtidal ecosystems. That’s why we need you to support the work of The Watershed Project. We depend on our watershed community to work with us to turn the tide on the enormous environmental challenges facing our local watersheds every day.
With Your help, The Watershed Project has been able to focus on creating and nurturing resilient watersheds in your backyard. From innovative ways to capture the scarce rain, to keeping pollutants (especially trash) out of our watersheds, to restoring native oysters in our Bay, we work tirelessly with the communities we serve to tackle the challenges caused by climate change and the impacts of urbanization on our watersheds.
Who will stand for Your watershed? With your help, we can all make a difference. But we also depend on the financial support of the watershed community to be able to carry on our work.
In this, the fundraising time of year, we ask you to consider how your donation can make the biggest impact. We encourage you to support organizations that work at the grassroots level, making significant impacts that you can see in your schools and your neighborhoods around the Bay.
Give what you can to The Watershed Project and make a huge difference this giving season. Whether it’s $10, $ 20, $ 50 or $ 1,000, every bit helps further the work.
We are excited to launch our GivingTuesday campaign! Our goal is to raise $4,000 on or before December 2nd through online donations made on our website.
All the funds raised on Giving Tuesday will support our Green Collar Corps Program, including a matching grant from Network for Good. The Green Collar Corps is a great program that employs local youth in Richmond to improve the health and resiliency of local watersheds.
Everything we do, from mountaintop to marsh, affects the health of local water, soil, air, wildlife, our families and communities. The Watershed Project has your back. We will continue to advocate and to inspire you and your community to protect and restore our local watersheds.
Thanks in advance for your support!
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