The theme of World Water Day 2021 is valuing water. Water has enormous value for our households, food, culture, health, education, economics and the integrity of our natural environment.
World Water Day celebrates water and raises awareness of the global water crisis, and a core focus of the observance is to support the goal of water and sanitation for all by 2030.
Here in New York, everyone has a role in protecting and conserving water. In addition to avoiding waste and using water wisely, it’s important to help keep our water clean. What you do at your home and in your community affects everyone downstream of you.
One way larger landowners can work to conserve and protect our water is through the Trees for Tribs’ Buffer in a Bag Program.
The application period for the program is open until April 12th at 3 pm. Private and public landowners who qualify may apply for a free bag of 25 tree and shrub seedlings for planting near streams, rivers, or lakes to help stabilize banks, protect water quality, and improve wildlife habitat.
To qualify, landowners must have property in New York State with at least 50 feet that borders a stream, river, or lake, and provide photos or a map of the planting location. Visit DEC’s website for more information about the Buffer in a Bag application process and requirements. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions and visit Trees for Tribs Program on DEC’s website to learn more.
Photo of the Coxing Kill provided.