Princeton Water Watch

How Much Water?
April 30, 2009, 8:31 pm
Filed under: In the Press...

Gary Hirshberg of Stonyfield Farm spoke today about the practicalities, as a business owner, of sustainability. At the end of the lecture, he mentioned the WWF  questioning of “How much water is [actually] in a latte?” Most people will say 12 oz, but the total water costs are much greater. 

Several Water Watch members have brought this up in group discussions about water conservation on campus, and how we should increase awareness of total production costs on campus


More Mountain Memos
April 28, 2009, 10:39 pm
Filed under: In the Press...

Ken Salazar, secretary of the interior, has revisited the mountaintop removal issues. The administration is calling the Bush administration’s legislation defective and, essentially, useless for protecting waterways from the devastation caused by mountaintop removal. 

As reported in the NY Times, “The so-called stream buffer zone rule simply doesn’t pass muster with respect to adequately protecting water quality and stream habitat that communities rely on in coal country,” Mr. Salazar said. 

NY Times Article

5K for the Watershed Association
April 28, 2009, 8:41 pm
Filed under: Events


Water Taste Test
April 22, 2009, 3:33 pm
Filed under: Events, In the Press...


Happy Earth Day! Today we’re celebrating with all of the environmental groups in Frist Campus Center. Water Watch will be conducting a “water taste test” to see  if people can tell the difference between bottled water and the filtered tap water available on campus. For those who pledge to stop using plastic water bottles, they can enter a drawing for one of six steel water bottles.

Steph Hill also managed to remove plastic water bottles from the the campus’s  refrigerators’ shelves and replaced them with signs that explain their detrimental environmental impacts. 

This weekend the Times took a critical look at the action we are propagating, to use a reusable, aluminum bottle. They found that  if you use a stainless steel bottle in place of 50 plastic bottles, the climate is better off. For those of us who grab a bottle of water daily, that means if you keep a steel bottle at your desk or in your purse, in less than two months the CO2 costs of the plastic bottles exceed the steel. Just don’t loose it!

This article makes an important point: there are hidden environmental costs in everything we buy. It takes 1400 steps to produce the stainless steel for a water bottle. Think about what it would take to build a car.

Remember, reduce is the first step.

TERRA CYCLE = EnviroEntrepreneurs
April 21, 2009, 3:50 pm
Filed under: Events


Successful Canoe Cleanup!
April 20, 2009, 8:24 pm
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We would like to extend a special thanks to everyone who participated in the canoe cleanup on Saturday (all 50 of you!). We had representation from the Princeton Sustainability Committee (Heidi Fichtenbaum) and Princeton Friends of Open Space (Steve Hiltner), as well as West Windsor-Plainsboro North H.S. and Princeton University groups.

We removed about 25 trash bags worth of garbage from the river banks. We also cleared a good portion of the park’s garlic-mustard plants, thus increasing biodiversity in the area.

The generosity of Applebee’s, Olives and Princeton Canoe and Kayak Rentals made this great event possible!


PBS SPECIAL: Poisoned Waters
April 14, 2009, 2:04 pm
Filed under: In the Press...

Tuesday, April 21, 2009, from 9 to 11 P.M. ET on PBS

More than three decades after the Clean Water Act, iconic American waterways like the Chesapeake Bay and Puget Sound are in perilous condition and facing new sources of contamination.

With polluted runoff still flowing in from industry, agriculture and massive suburban development, scientists note that many new pollutants and toxins from modern everyday life are already being found in the drinking water of millions of people across the country and pose a threat to fish, wildlife and, potentially, human health.

In FRONTLINE’s Poisoned Waters, airing Tuesday, April 21, 2009, from 9 to 11 P.M. ET on PBS (check local listings), Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Hedrick Smith examines the growing hazards to human health and the ecosystem.