Today, August 11th is National Safe Digging Day. It is a nationwide public awareness effort to “call before you dig” before starting a building or landscaping project. The Common Ground Alliance says 811 is the national call-before-you-dig phone number. They say anyone who plans to dig should call 811 or go to their state 811 center’s website before digging to request that the approximate location of buried utilities be marked with paint or flags so that you don’t unintentionally dig into an underground utility line. Remember, calling 811 is a year-round punch-list item….not just for today.