The sun causes water to evaporate (also known as water vapor), then the water vapor floats high into the atmosphere. The colder temperatures high in the atmosphere cause the water vapor to turn back into tiny liquid water droplets. The tiny cloud droplets combine with each other and grow into bigger water drops. After they get heavy enough they fall to Earth. When rain hits the land, it flows downhill over the landscape. Which then the water runs into the rivers, lakes, and the oceans. Some water even soaks into the ground to become groundwater.
A watershed is the land that drains into the same location or body of water. Every one is the world lives in a watershed. Watersheds aren't just lakes, river, ponds, creeks, and oceans, it's also the soil we build our homes on, the school, the school parking lot, parks, farms, and forests. Drop by Drop water is channels into soil, ground water, creeks, and streams, making it's way to the ocean. Our environment, economy, and society depend on a healthy watershed.
"My water stinks. It still burns to take a shower. There's no way they can say it's safe." The Flint Michigan Water Crisis had a major effect on the people that live there. The country thinks that the water is fine, but the residents and the city of Flint do not trust what's being said. After Michigan's governor announced the state will stop providing free bottled water to residents of Flint churches and charities said they're bracing for a surge in people seeking help. Much-needed donations from Fort Wayne, Indiana, and Baltimore, Maryland, aren't expected at the churches until the weekend. The state's decision to close the four remaining bottled water stations comes as Gov. Rick Snyder said Friday that strides have been made to reverse the high levels of lead that were found in the water supply. The people of Flint Michigan have been struggling for the past 4 years and now people are trying to stop them from getting fresh water. The state of Michigan settled a lawsuit last year agreeing to spend $87 million to rip up and replace miles of waterlines leading to at least 18,000 Flint homes by Jan. 1, 2020. More than 6,200 homes have had their pipes replaced so far. Free bottled water should be provided to the people of Flint until the last known lead-tainted pipe has been replaced. -by Erik Ortiz