World Water Day
This year International Water Day, March 22, is focusing on sanitation. http://www.worldwaterday.org/
As I have written before, I feel so privileged to have access to an unlimited amount of naturally clean , potable water . . . . . untreated! I am able to pump water directly from the Temagami River. It is cold, clear, soft and tasty. It should be everyone's right to have such free or cheap access to water. Water such as mine is not available to all but if more care was taken to protect our sources of water, more people would have such access. Proper sanitation would be a necessary element in protecting water for human consumption.
This is the southern tip of Lake Temagami, Baie Jeanne. This large wonderful lake is deep and cold . It is protected by the natural forest which surrounds it. Timbering operations must leave the forest adjacent to the lakes and along water courses undisturbed. Camps are only allowed on the islands to help prevent fire damage.. This is the largest lake in the watershed from which I get my water.
This is the Temagami river about three miles upstream from my place. It is a very clean river which moves over rock and gravel throughout its length, It is protected by the forest cover on either side. This was not always the case. In the days of the log drive the sides of the river barren, stripped of the trees and denuded of brush to allow easy passage of loggers up and down the river. (In the slideshow of the building of the log cabin on my sidebar, there is a picture of the river across my property in 1922. You can see the damage to the river banks in it.) The end of the log drive and nature reclaiming the shoreline has improved the river. it is now protected by regulations.
So much needs to be done to protect water and to improve sanitation. That is the bad news. the good news is that we have done so little there is much we can do that will make a big difference.
We are so wasteful in North America in our water useage. Also, we still see lakes and rivers as convenient open sewers for communities and industries.
In the days of cyclical droughts and floods we each need to find ways to reduce our water useage and improve our sanitation practices, personally and as members of communites.