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1 <br /> ORANGE COUNTY <br /> BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS <br /> ACTION AGENDA ITEM ABSTRACT <br /> Meeting Date: March 15, 2022 <br /> Action Agenda <br /> Item No. 4-b <br /> SUBJECT: World Water Day Proclamation <br /> DEPARTMENT: Asset Management Services <br /> ATTACHMENT(S): INFORMATION CONTACT: <br /> Proclamation Lib Hutchby, Women's International <br /> League for Peace and Freedom, <br /> (919) 606-8280 <br /> Steve Arndt, (919) 245-2626 <br /> Wesley Poole, (919) 245-2513 <br /> PURPOSE: To proclaim March 22, 2022 as World Water Day in Orange County. <br /> BACKGROUND: In 1992, the United Nations (UN) General Assembly adopted a resolution to <br /> declare the 22nd of March each year as "World Day for Water." In observing World Water Day, <br /> governments are invited to devote the Day to the promotion of public awareness, focusing <br /> attention on the importance of freshwater and the sustainable management of freshwater <br /> resources. <br /> This year, the theme for World Water Day is "Groundwater - Making the Invisible Visible." <br /> Groundwater is invisible, but its impact is visible everywhere. Groundwater may be out of sight, <br /> but it must not be out of mind. The theme draws attention to the hidden water resource that has <br /> always been critically important, but not fully recognized in sustainable development <br /> policymaking. <br /> This year's campaign will explain groundwater's vital role in water and sanitation systems, <br /> agriculture, industry, ecosystems and climate change adaptation. The overarching message of <br /> the campaign is that exploring, protecting and sustainably using groundwater will be central to <br /> surviving and adapting to climate change and meeting the needs of a growing population (from <br /> <br /> Upcoming activities related to World Water Day include the UN-Water Summit on Groundwater <br /> 2022 scheduled for December 7 and 8, 2022, which aims to bring attention to groundwater at the <br /> highest international level. Orange County Creek Week will be held March 12-19, 2022 <br /> ( <br /> Events locally in March include: <br /> • the Haw River Clean-up Athon to be held on Saturday, March 19, 2022; <br />