Working Together Can Improve Water Quality

World Water Day is March 22…

What comes to mind when you hear the words “Flint Michigan”.

As of late, it is probably WATER. Lead poisoned water, sick children, an outraged community, and a swarm of citizens and media asking a beleaguered government:

How could you let this happen?” followed by “You need to fix the problem!

That is a fair question and a fair expectation. The leadership should be accountable for their actions and lack of actions. To compromise water/health-safety for the sake of a budget is an affront to our “life, liberty, and the pursuit of ANYTHING…” That sentiment is shared by many of us even though we are blessed to live in a region where we have abundant pristine water. But if something like that could happen in Flint, couldn’t it happen here as well? Continue reading

Nature Notes: Water Awakening

March, in the minds of many, marks the arrival of spring. Locations all across the US have shattered record highs this week, with the warmth scheduled to continue this weekend. Spring has sprung – fast and furiously. But spring isn’t the only thing arriving in March. As our days continue to lengthen and temps continue to rise, our landscape undergoes a magical transformation, with more and more wildlife returning to the area each day. Of course most of this is due to increased sunlight and temperature, but there is another magical force stirring the land – water! How fitting with World Water Day fast approaching!

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What are Watersheds?

Next time you’re at your local gas station, take a look at some of the maps they have for

Who can really fold these? I mean, honestly?

Who can really fold these? I mean, honestly?

sale. When you look, you may see (depending on the map) the state borders, county borders, cities, popular parks and trails, roads and highways, and possibly a dozen other landmarks deemed important.

These are the borders that are man-made.  We have placed these lines upon the land to mark where certain areas of government are able to govern.

Now, if you look a little closer, you may notice how there are little blue lines and blobs. These represent the rivers, streams, lakes, and ponds. These are natural borders. They show, with a little diligence and research, where local watersheds are located. Continue reading