Groundwater Guardian Program
Groundwater Guardian, a program of The Groundwater Foundation, is designed to encourage citizen involvement in groundwater protection at the local level. It encourages communities of all types (cities, counties, watersheds, etc.) to begin and enhance groundwater education and protection activities. Groundwater Guardian supports communities in their efforts and recognizes their achievements.
The community of Sidney enrolled in this exciting program in 2000. To earn Groundwater Guardian designation, local teams determine what activities are most needed in their area and voluntarily work to implement projects ranging from education and awareness programs to implementing full-scale wellhead protection.
Local groundwater protection activities such as the Western Nebraska Children's Groundwater Festival and Sidney's Storm Drain Stenciling Program qualified Sidney for entry into the Groundwater Guardian Program. Stenciling storm drains reminds citizens to help prevent groundwater contamination by not over-applying yard chemicals or dumping wastes down storm drains. These contaminants can be carried with street runoff water directly to nearby Lodgepole Creekbed and eventually to the groundwater below.
For more information about the Groundwater Guardian Program, go to www.groundwater.org.
New to the efforts protecting our ground water is the Groundwater Guardian (GG) Green Site program. It recognizes good stewards of groundwater by encouraging managers of highly-managed green spaces (golf courses, ball fields, education campuses, parks, etc.) to implement, measure, and document their groundwater-friendly practices related to chemical use, water use, pollution prevention, water quality, and environmental stewardship.
If you have a highly-managed green space and would like to learn more about the program, go to the Groundwater Guardian Green Site page to see how it can help you!