water_fox_watershedmapNature and open spaces connect us in so many ways, especially when it comes to water.  It may not seem obvious, but individual actions do have a global impact.  The easiest place to understand this is by understanding our local watershed.

The Barrington area lies in the Upper Fox River watershed.   Regardless of where you live within our watershed, almost all of the rainwater that falls here eventually makes its way into the Fox River.  This water flows west and south and connects with the Illinois River, which then connects to the Mississippi River, eventually emptying into the Gulf of Mexico.

According to the EPA, each American uses an average of 100 gallons of water per day at home.  Even though the Earth’s surface is approximately 70% water, less than 1% is available for human use.  Forty out of 50 state water managers expect water shortages under average conditions in some portion of their state over the next decade.

BACT is acting to address the growing concern about our local and global water resources by offering support in your yard, in our community, and in the classroom.  Through our programming, we bring education, tools, and resources to area residents, employees, and students to help apply conservation principles to our local environment.