All About Water

Photo illustration for blog post.I try not to get too political.

When people at work start talking about Mitt and Newt and Barak and other fictional characters, I always think exactly the same thing: “Man, I have GOT to tie some flies tonight.” But then sometimes someone makes a good point and I have to snap out of it and do the right thing.

Note: if you’re the type to keep your mouth shut and hope someone else will do something about problems we face together as a society, then please stop reading here and click on one of this blog’s frivolous other posts about navel-gazing and how the meaning of life is all wrapped up in fly fishing, bla bla.

For the rest of you, the article linked below explains a cryptic legislative maneuver deep in the stinky bowels of the U.S. Congress to make it easier to get around the Clean Water Act, a piece of federal legislation that safeguards this country’s waterways and wetlands from haphazard development and mismanagement. The Clean Water Act forces federal agencies, state governments, municipalities, and private companies to comply with certain standards when it comes to working around water resources. It’s often the only thing preventing China-style environmental practices.

Trout Unlimited makes it really easy to say something about stuff like this—TU’s Action Center can put you in touch with your congressional delegation in less time than it takes you to read the article (provided you know your own Zip Code—if you don’t, you’ll have to look that up). So take five or ten minutes here and read this article. If you feel so inclined, click through the Action Center (it’s linked in the article), find your congressional contact info, and dash off a quick message.

Gonna go and tie those flies now.

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4 thoughts on “All About Water

  1. thosnut says:

    Thanks for the story!

    People don’t understand how important clean water is. In Mexico City, the ground collapses from over-extraction of ground water. All over the world people are drinking water with diseases and harmful chemicals in them. Most of the water on earth is saline or has salt which makes it undrinkable.
    I’ve worked in water and waste water plants, studied ground water, and worked in a water R & D science lab for ten years. I know the importance of water. Wars are fought over water. People die from water. Water is well worth protecting and it should be protected. As humans up to 60% of our body is made up of water, so we shouldn’t pretend that we don’t need it.

  2. Amen to what you said, dude. Thanks for the comment.

  3. Κωστής says:

    I still remember something my elementary teacher said about 20 years ago when he saw us playing water-war with balloons during a break:
    “If water was harder to find it would be the most expensive drink.”

    I still remember the drought summer days of early 90’s where we would save water in any kind of bowl we could find in the house. Even in deep plates…

    Wish you the best with your blog guys! I love this kind of writting…

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