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Water Cycle

The Water Cycle

Water is on a never ending journey between earth and sky. The water we drink is the same water that _dinosaurs drank some two hundred million years ago. Our water moves constantly in a water cycle. During its journey, water changes form. Water falls to earth as rain, snow, sleet or hail. What happens next depends on where the water lands.

The water may seep into the ground and become groundwater. It might move quickly into a ditch, stream, nearby lake or ocean. Water may be taken up by a plant and pulled up the inside of the stem to its leaves only to escape through tiny pores in the leaves and evaporate. This is called evapotranspiration.

Water on the surface will also be warmed by the sun, evaporate and return to the atmosphere as water vapor. Water vapor moves together to form clouds. This is called condensation. When the clouds get heavy with water droplets, they begin to again fall as precipitation. _Depending on where the rain falls, it may take a few days, a few years or a few decades to complete the water cycle.

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Board Meeting: October 27, 2020, 9:30am

Board Meetings are held every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month at 9:30am. The meetings are held at our offices and are open to the public. For Minutes and Agendas from previous Board Meetings, visit our Archives

The Board of Commissioners Virtual Meeting
Tuesday, October 27, 2020
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

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Meeting ID: 835 2554 0628
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