Flow Across America

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Southern California

QUESTION:

How far does Southern California go to get its fresh water?

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ANSWERS:

A: Not far, nearby sea water is desalinated.

B: Within 50 miles from underground aquifers.

C: Over 400 miles piped in from other regions.

New Jersey

QUESTION:

Hackettstown, New Jersey produces over 10 million M&Ms daily. How much water is required to produce a small bag of peanut M&M's?

ANSWERS:

A: 1 gallon since water is recycled in the process.

B: 300 gallons, but mainly from natural ground water

C: 5 gallons on average using mass production.

Illinois

QUESTION:

Rivers flow and collect in bodies of water. Which river permanently flows backwards?

ANSWERS:

A) The Chicago River was reversed by man

B) The Mississippi River is a wonder of nature

C) The Illinois River, depending on rainfall

Nevada

This week, we visit the driest state in the country, the beautiful state of Nevada where the lowest amount of rain falls every year. However, Nevada uses among the most fresh water per capita across America.

QUESTION:

What is the largest usage of fresh water in Nevada?

ANSWERS:

A) Swimming Pools, many Las Vegas homes have one.

B) Irrigation, largely for hay and maintenance of grass. 

C) Casinos, enormous amounts of water is used for shows.

Washington

Our next stop is Washington, the only state named after a president and site of the 1962 world's fair. Washington state enjoys numerous benefits from the fresh water collected from the Rocky Mountain range.

QUESTION:

In addition to drinking, what is fresh water from the Rockies used for?

ANSWERS:

A) Atlantic Salmon farming as demand skyrockets.

B) Pineapple farming, one of Washington's best fruit.

C) Electricity generation from hydroelectric dams.

Oklahoma

This week we stop by middle America, the hard working state of Oklahoma where the largest population of Indigenous Americans call home. Surrounded by land, Oklahoma has the most man made lakes across America.

QUESTION:

But how are these man made lakes actually made?

ANSWERS:

A: Dams are built across streams and rivers.

B: Excavation of soil used for farming.

C: Importing water from the Mississippi.

West Virginia

We head East to the Mountain State of West Virginia this week, home of the "New" river which is actually one of the oldest in the world. West Virginia also has the largest inland port in America, the Port of Huntington Tri-State.

QUESTION:

Which is the most environmentally friendly transport method?

ANSWERS:

A: Modern diesel electric freight trains.

B: Inland barges moved by tow boats.

C: Trucks on our many super highways.

Tennessee

This week we stop in the Big Bend state of Tennessee.

QUESTION:

What percentage of rivers in Tennessee were considered too polluted to support basic functions?

ANSWERS:

A: 10%, the vast majority supports drinkable water

B: 22% and improving due to environmentalist's efforts

C: 55% and have been getting worse over the last 10 years

All Across America

This week we travel across all of America where over 333 Million people enjoy the many beautiful rivers, great lakes and snow capped mountains from sea to shinning sea.

QUESTION:

So, do we really need to conserve fresh water?

ANSWERS:

A: Yes, because the earth is running out of water.

B: No, because water is free for everyone.

C: Yes, because fresh water is not really free.

Florida

This week we stop by the 3rd largest state by population, the Sunshine state of Florida.

 

At over 300 miles, the St. John's River is Florida's longest and probably laziest river, flowing at just .3 mph. This slow flow rate is able to provide a critical supply of fresh water for drinking, agriculture, fishing and diverse wild life.

QUESTION:

What might you see while boating on the St. John's River?

ANSWERS:

A: Giant Squid

B: King Crabs

C: Dangerous Sharks

All Across America

This week we travel across all of America on its many beautiful roads, bridges and waterways. Part of this man made infrastructure include million of miles of pipes that carry everything from gas to drinking water to the people throughout this great land. All across America, color coded pipes describe what is carried within.

QUESTION:

What color is dedicated to recycled water?

ANSWERS:

A: Blue same as for drinking water

B: Purple due to a color blind engineer

C: Grey to represent greywater

Minnesota

This week, we visit the land of 10,000 lakes, the friendly state of Minnesota. Known for its natural outdoor beauty and home of the largest mall in America, Minnesota’s rivers and streams add up to 69,200 miles in length. Perhaps the most well known river that originates in Minnesota is the Mississippi.

QUESTION:

Where in Minnesota does the Mississippi River start?

ANSWERS:

A: Lake Superior, 1333 ft deep

B: Lake Itasca, 39 ft deep

C: Lake Mine, 465 ft deep

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The earth is covered in 71% water, but 96% of that is salinated oceans and seas.

Americans use over 320 billions gallons of fresh water everyday.  Bordered by the Pacific Ocean in the west and the Atlantic Ocean in the east, the two largest oceans in the world. 

 

​​QUESTION:

With so much salt water available why don't we just convert salt water into drinkable fresh water?

ANSWERS:

A: The cost is too high in most cases.

B: Too much sea salt is created.

C: Sea water is too polluted to drink.

Hawaii

This week, we head west, way west, to the tropical island state of Hawaii. Rated first for natural environment and #1 in air and water quality by U.S. News and World reports, Hawaii is surrounded by the salty waters of the pacific.

 

​​QUESTION:

So one must wonder how does Hawaii get its fresh water?

ANSWERS:

A: Desalination of surrounding seawater

B: Surface rivers and ponds across the island

C: Freshwater aquifers under the island

All Across America

We travel all across America this week where many environmentally conscious folks have installed water saving devices throughout their homes. Water efficient shower heads, toilets and washing machines are key features in many households in an effort to battle fresh water shortages and record droughts. However, America's "water footprint" is still the second largest per capita in the world after only the United Arab Emirates and over twice that of the UK and China, which brings up this week's question:

 

​​QUESTION:

What single application uses the most water in a typical household?

ANSWERS:

A: Showers

B: Toilets

C: Washing Machine

Arizona

We visit the beautiful Grand Canyon State, Arizona this week. Its amazing blend of natural wonders and warm climate draws people from all around the country. Arizona's population has skyrocketed from nearly 1 million to over 7 million over the last 50 years. Yet, Arizona's overall water usage in 2017 is less than back in the 1950s.

QUESTION:

How did Arizona reduce it's water usage while its population grew by over 7 times its size?

ANSWERS:

A: High water taxes deter waste.

B: Government policies and planning.

C: Environmentally conscious populace.

All Across America

This week we travel all across America where vast natural resources provide the foundation for this country's growth and prosperity. An important resource is the powerful rivers which run throughout the country providing fresh water for agriculture, livestock, industry as well as domestic use. The mighty Mississippi has by far the largest by flow volume at 593,000 cubic feet per second.

QUESTION:

Which river is the longest in America?

ANSWERS:

A: Missouri River

B: Mississippi River

C: Rio Grande River

Montana

This week we travel to Big Sky Country, the wide open state of Montana. Montana hosts breathtaking Glacier National Park which highlights ancient glaciers and extends all the way into Canada. These melting glaciers merge with run off from the Rocky Mountains to form the largest natural fresh water lake West of the Mississippi. Flathead Lake covers about 200 square miles. In addition to shear size, Flathead Lake is known for its clear waters.

QUESTION:

Why do you think Flathead Lake's water is so crystal clear?

ANSWERS:

A: Scavenger fish, keeps the lake floor clean

B: Human vigilance, monitoring the lake for decades

C: Glacial waters, which formed the lake originally

All Across America

This week, we travel Across America again where rich soil, fresh water and immense natural resources are applied by hard working farmers to produce the foods that keep over 300 million American fed. In fact, one study indicates that we spend 5 1/2 hours a week cleaning dishes and more than half of all families tend to do dishes by hand. Which brings up the question.

QUESTION:

From a fresh water saving standpoint: When should you use the dishwasher?

ANSWERS:

A: Never

B: Most of the time

C: Always

Idaho

This week we visit Idaho and join hundreds of millions for Americans for Christmas dinner. Did you know that the most popular Christmas food is roasted or mashed potato? On average, Americans consume about 110 lbs of potatoes every year, much of this produced in Idaho. Which brings up this weeks water fun fact question:

QUESTION:

How many gallons of fresh water does it take to produce a pound of potatoes?

ANSWERS:

A: 34 gallons

B: 100 gallons

C: 900 gallons

All Across America

As we leave 2021 behind us, we want to thank all the wonderful places we visited across America this year.

 

From Florida to Washington State and all the way to Hawaii we saw how fresh water supports all of us.

 

We also want to thank YOU for providing some fascinating fun facts that Flow Across America is based on.

 

So play Flow Across America at your year end gatherings by following us and seeing who can correctly answer the most Flow Across America fun fact quizzes!

 

From all of us to all of you around the world, please take care of each other as we support nature.

 

Have a happy and safe New Year.