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The Van Wert SWCD wants to remind you that each of us has a connection to natural resources. The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) is celebrating the 58th year of Stewardship week April 28 - May 5. The 2013 Stewardship Week is themed, "Where does your water shed?"

Gary Weck acts as the Chairman for Van Wert SWCD. The District was formed to assist people in Van Wert County with the protection and conservation of natural resources for all residents by providing technical, educational, and financial assistance. During Stewardship Week, Van Wert SWCD will provide each fourth grade student with a red bud seedling to plant at home and a presentation will be given on the benefits of trees, also placemats will be distributed to area restaurants with the theme of "Where does your water shed?"

Clean water is important to everyone, "says National Association of Conservation Districts President Earl Garber." "Watersheds come in all shapes and sizes. They cross county, state and national boundaries. Every inch of the land on planet Earth is part of a watershed. In the continental U.S., there are 2,100 watersheds; if we include Hawaii, Alaska and Puerto Rico, the count rises to 2,267. No matter where you are right now, you are in a watershed."

Less than 1-percent of all of the water on our planet is fresh water. The average citizen in the United States uses 70 gallons of water every day; and this does not include the water it takes to manufacture the automobiles, clothing, and food we depend on each and every day. Take time to learn about your local community water supply sources, and volunteer for river, stream or beach clean-up days. You can make a difference.

To find out more about your local watershed, including an app for your computer and smart phone, visit: www.epa.gov/mywaterway.

Van Wert SWCD is a member of the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) which oversees the Stewardship Week program. Stewardship Week is one of the largest national annual programs to promote conservation. NACD represents the nation's 3,000 conservation districts, which were established to encourage resource conservation across the country.