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Green is where the Heart Is: “Water is the one substance from which the earth can conceal nothing; it sucks out its innermost secrets and brings them to our very lips.” ~Jean Giraudoux

By MO LINQUIST
Contributing Writer

August has been declared national Water Quality Month to help remind people of the importance of protecting our ground water supplies.  
It wasn’t until I took a position on the Kure Beach Storm Water and Environmental Committee that I came to realize how storm water runoff affects our beloved ocean and river.
In our country we take water for granted as it is in plentiful supply….or is it?  We turn on the tap and there it is.  We filter it, bottle it, and have been told to drink half of our weight in ounces daily to keep our bodies hydrated. 
How can we as good stewards, maintain the highest and best quality of our surrounding waterways as it re-enters the eco system? 
We are accustomed to water quality of a certain standard for drinking, cooking and bathing (yes, water enters your body from showers and baths.  If that water is compromised with bacteria it will also slide right into your body.)
Let us each take responsibility for the water that flows from our landscapes which will eventually find its way to our local water bodies. 
This natural cleaning agent collects the chemicals, pollution, pet waste and other debris that it picks up in the process. 
You can reduce rainwater runoff by using rain barrels or creating rain gardens. New Hanover Soil & Water Conservation District has them on sale this month. 
They have two great sizes to choose from which are Ivy, the 50 Gallon Mega-Star is $70 (normal price $89) and the Moby, 65 gallon Super Star is $100 (normal price $149.)  They will give you the specifics. Call (910) 798-6032.
Use environmentally friendly alternatives to pesticides, fertilizers and herbicides.
Look for products that specifically state the chemicals are organic and that they are safe for pets and wildlife alike. 
You may have to pay a few more dollars for fertilizers and weed control that is in harmony with nature but creating a healthy, happy environment for the birds, pets and your children to enjoy is what “living green” is all about. 
“Think globally, act locally” should begin in our own backyards.
Once we begin to acknowledge that we, as humans, are connected by an indissoluble link to everything around us, we will appreciate the cycle of life as water moves from above, to below, around and in us.  
The rainwater from the heavens and the groundwater from our earth and waterways eventually passes our lips.  If that thought doesn’t motivate someone to scoop the poop, I don’t know what will.  xo mo
Kure Beach resident Mo Linquist, Red Ribbon Professional of IFSG and allied ASID is a recognized expert on Pyramid Feng Shui. She is the “ PersonPlace” design consultant specializing in soft goods such as fabrics, window treatments, reupholstery, blinds, shutters, feng shui and green healthy living products.  Her design studio is located in the Artful Living Group building 112 Cape Fear Blvd, Carolina Beach, NC.   Linquist speaks nationally and holds regular workshops and accredited trainings on this ancient form of environmental psychology.
Helping clients create home and office spaces designed specifically to support their individual goals and intentions, Linquist uses cutting-edge techniques integrating science, 20 years of interior design experience and Feng Shui to balance, harmonize and create new patterns for success.
To learn more about her work or for a consultation, contact her at www.personplace.com FaceBook at Mo Linquist Living Solutions or call 910-458-7822 office or 330-904-3636 cell.