Keeping America’s Waterways Clean
Those who practice water recreation usually believe in preserving our beautiful scenic resources. It’s a good cause. After all, they are enjoying them during their leisure hours first hand. No one wants to see debris floating by as they are riding the waves or observe dead fish floating on a lake surface. No one wants to drink chemicals. This attitude goes for water skiers, body surfers, swimming and diving, canoeing, rafting, and more. They all want to respect nature’s bountiful offerings of flora and fauna and hope to see that the waterways they and others use are kept clean and pure. Pollutants used to abound in rivers, lakes, and world oceans. Remember Rachel Carson’s book, The Silent Spring. It caused a major environmental revolution in corporate America to stop chemical dumping of toxic waste. We are much farther along in our panic about the future of our ecological system. We still have sewage issue in the ocean, but we are trying to heed the warning calls.
As a bird enthusiast, particularly the wonderful raptor, I have my own focus on ecology. But we all have a part to play and if we each take a piece of the big puzzle in hand, we will ultimately complete the final picture someday. Over time, it does get brighter and more coherent. I hope it is a good image for all in the end. So I am on board with the water recreation adventurers and I do support their cause. In turn, I hope they will embrace mine. We need more literature on the environment highlighting the most pressing concerns. That, for me, would include endangered species and detrimental bird hunting laws. Who doesn’t believe in the balance of nature in which a bird of prey has a fundamental part in ridding the world of an excess of insects and rodents? If not, you have re-enforced the need for more public education and more exposure.
I, like many people, love water recreation and have my preferred favorite pastimes. I like to take my inflatable kayak out onto the local rivers and lakes, go where the raptor lives to observe and admire this great winged creature in action. I like to photograph them and create a documentation of sorts. I collect photos and videos as well. I am happy to share my findings, but most of all I want to convey my love and concern for the longevity of the species. Meanwhile, I also want to see someone deal with clean water issues and maybe get themselves in government positions where they can make their views known and help enact ordinances and laws.
It is not enough to write and talk about the subject. Some of us have to step up and form organization and support groups. The media can help if you hound them enough on the cause of your choice. They are pretty savvy about waterways and oceans, but not so much on birds of prey. It is my job to keep them informed and up to date. That goes for you, too!