Water touches our lives in so many ways from a cool drink on a hot summer day to that favorite ice fishing hole in the dead of winter. Without water, life as we know it would cease to exist. Yet, while water is everywhere, there’s a lot we don’t know about it.
Here are a few interesting things to know about water:
- 97 percent of the water found on earth is salty and 2.5 percent is locked up in ice
- Americans use 5.7 billion gallons of water a day to flush our toilets
- It takes 20 gallons of water to make an 8-ounce glass of beer; most of that water is used to produce the barley
- More than 1 billion people on earth lack access to clean water
Water is a fixed asset. All that we have today is all we’ll ever have. If we use it wisely, we can ensure it will meet our needs and the needs of nature today and in the future.
The Nature Conservancy is working with partners across Wisconsin to ensure that people and nature have enough clean water to live and thrive. We are protecting the forests and wetlands that help keep our water clean. And we are testing new ways to use land and water to meet our needs while protecting water quality and quantity. Explore our freshwater work in Wisconsin!
We’re collaborating on a tool to help decision-makers in Wisconsin decide where to invest in wetland protection and restoration.
11 farmers participate in an experiment to improve water quality in the Sheboygan River watershed.
The Conservancy, farmers and other partners take a targeted approach to improving water quality in the Pecatonica River watershed.
The Conservancy and partners in Wisconsin and Michigan have developed a plan for conserving and restoring Green Bay.
We’re protecting an island refuge in the Great Lakes for migratory birds and other wildlife.
Most of us get our drinking water from lakes and rivers. Use this interactive map to find out where the water for many cities, perhaps even yours, comes from.
The Conservancy is working with partners to protect Great Lakes migratory bird stopover habitat.
More than 14 miles of two Wild Rivers—the Pine and the Popple—flow through the 64,600-acre Wild Rivers Legacy Forest.
Wabikon Waters and Woodlands encompasses 15 lakes and portions of 16 rivers including the Peshtigo, Oconto and Wolf.
Clough Island is the centerpiece of the St. Louis River Estuary near Lake Superior and is essential to its protection.
The Mukwonago River, one of SE Wisconsin’s cleanest streams, provides important habitat for rare fish and mussels.
This 24,000-acre expanse of forests, wetlands, lakes, and streams in northern Wisconsin holds limitless recreation opportunities.
This slender limestone peninsula that juts into Lake Michigan is well-known in Wisconsin and beyond for its natural beauty.