May 1, 2009–Today’s Way: Water is our most precious natural resource and we cannot live without it.  Luckily, there are lots of things we can do to conserve and protect our fresh water, and we all should, whether you live in the parched desert or the abundant Great Lakes.  One really simple one is to save the water you use to boil or steam vegetables with, and then water your house or garden plants (or trees, or shrubs) with it once it’s cooled.  The nutrients in the form of vitamins and minerals that were released into the water from boiling the vegetables will in turn nourish other plants and fortify the soil, instead of simply going down the drain.