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What Earth Day means to me: Jason Menchhofer

What Earth Day means to me – More …..

Jason Menchhofer. FY 2014-15 Board Chair. WasteWater Education 501(c)3

Earth Day is a time to reflect on the importance of taking care of the many valuable natural resources which are found all around us.

For me, one of the most valuable natural resources has always been water.

Sunset on Kentucky Lake, April 9, 2014
Sunset on Kentucky Lake, April 9, 2014


May 5, 1858: Birth of Dr. John L. Leal- a Hero Of Public Health

This Day in Water History

Dr. John L. Leal Dr. John L. Leal

May 5, 1858: 156th anniversary of the birth of John L. Leal, physician and water treatment expert who pioneered chlorine disinfection in the U.S. There are many unsung heroes who contributed significantly to public health at the turn of the 20th century. John L. Leal is one of them and after reading this, I think you will agree that he did more than most to save people’s lives.

John L. Leal was born in the small town of Andes, New York on May 5, 1858. His father, John Rose Leal was a physician who joined the 144th Regiment, New York Volunteers and fought in the Civil War. During the siege of Charleston, South Carolina, John Rose Leal contracted what was most likely a case of amoebic dysentery from contaminated drinking water. He suffered from the disease for more than 17 years before he finally…

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