June 09

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National Rivers Month

Get into the flow of things by celebrating National Rivers Month throughout June.

Roughly a quarter of a million rivers serve as the arterial network of waterways across the United States, carrying water from their sources 3.6 million miles cumulatively to the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Rivers provide water for drinking (65% of drinking water comes from streams and rivers), agriculture, recreation, fishing, industry, and sport. They are home to a variety of plants and animals.

And they are easily polluted both by chemicals and by garbage. Volunteers routinely pull plastic bags, trash, tires, and refrigerators out of rivers during cleanups.

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