Water is crystalline, water is energy, it is memory, it is life, the single most important ingredient to the potion of life. (Informed Water Bottle)
Not far from my home is the Pumphouse County Natural Area a 128-acre natural area that includes a spring-fed wetland, and forms the headwaters of Oak Creek, a major tributary of the Verde River, one of the desert’s last free-flowing rivers. It attracts a wide variety of wildlife, including elk, fox, deer, waterfowl, wading birds, migratory birds, wintering bald eagles, elk, garter snakes, songbirds, and small mammals.
The Wind River (pictured above) is located in a canyon that has been around for millions of years. The river is protected, but now faces degradation because there are pollutants that flow into creeks above Boysen Reservoir, which discharge into the Wind River, the local EPA is looking into resolutions to return this magnificent river to its pristine state. The Wind River is one of several resources for clean water and fishing for the residents in Wyoming.
What You and I Can Do to Preserve Our Natural Waterways
- Don’t use antibacterial soaps or cleaning products. Most of these contain trichlosan, a registered pesticide that has been found to harm aquatic life. Regular soap and water kills germs just as effectively.
- Never flush unwanted or out-of-date medicines down the toilet or the drain. Find out if your county or city has a site or program to collect unwanted pharmaceuticals. If not, remove all labels and wrap the products up before disposing in the garbage.
- Don’t put anything except water down storm drains. These drains carry storm water to our local waterways. Used motor oil, detergents, lawn fertilizers, pesticides, and other contaminants get carried to local waterways and cause unnecessary harm.
- Fix leaks that drip from your car and put down a liner in your driveway to collect oil and other materials. These leaks and drips contribute to water pollution.
- Avoid using pesticides or chemical fertilizers. They pose a serious threat to your health and safety and they pollute both ground and surface water.
- Choose non-toxic household products whenever possible. The best way to keep from polluting is to use products that are not dangerous to the environment in the first place. For some suggestions of such alternatives, go to https://www.epa.gov/greenerproducts/greening-your-purchase-cleaning-products-guide-federal-purchasers
- Pick up after your pets. Like other contaminants, pet waste can spread bacteria.
- Don’t pave your property. The more pavement there is, the more rain water will spread bacteria.
- Save rain water. When our gardens need water and there’s not enough try the rain barrel method, you’ll have water when you need it.
- Don’t waste water. The world only has so much water, and we should be careful so there’s enough for everyone. If you are not using water, turn it off.