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Monday, August 13, 2007

Water World

Water, water everywhere nor any drop to drink”. Water one of the most precious ingredients to the life of man, its supply is dwindling down and with the talk of “Peak Oil” a more important resource has been left trickling amongst the current. In the Americas, one might see a measly sprinkler watering a precious lawn or a lush green golf course lining the deserts floor while little thought has been given to the most precious commodity of them all. Water resources are coming harder to find and tensions are brewing about a coming storm that even the CIA has listed water resources as a major tension of concerns.

Yesterday, swimming in the blue waters of Lake Champlain and looking upon the Adirondack Mountains of New York and the Green Mountains of Vermont, I pondered the vastness of this invaluable resource. My attention lured while splashing around of what toxins where floating along with me. I do know that Lake Champlain is pollute, not as much with industrial wastes as per say the Hudson River or the famed Cuyahoga River in Ohio that a few decades ago caught fire from toxic residues. The lake, although cool and refreshing has primarily been affected by farm runoff(Update: 8/14 Burlington Free Press has story attributing pollution to urban runoff). While most Vermont farmers are respectable stewards of the land they have inadvertently led to the demise of the lake. Conservation programs have led to protecting this valuable watershed, but as with most other conservation programs it has been under funded and ignored by the powers that be.

Splashing, through the lake I looked for fish, but my eyes did not see any. Whether, the fish were just too scared of my presence or that there is just a lack of them I do not know. One thing I do know that America’s lakes and rivers are heavily contaminated with mercury that wild fish are not recommended to eat. So despite being in a vast beauty of creation, many of the creatures are not healthy to consume. America’s fascination with energy, in particular coal has placed toxic chemicals into the air and given time has emerged within our water systems.

The rivers in Vermont are not so pure as well, as I have recently learned. The State of Vermont officially does not recommend that people swim in the rivers as for biological containments such as e-coli are stronger than before. Latest news has discovered invasive algae known as rock-snot that are threatening the rivers. What looks pure and clean may not be as much as once has and with the looming threats of climate change we may not know what is next.

Not to give any reasons to worry, the fine companies of Pepsi and Coca-Cola have figured out a way to save us for they have entered the business of bottling water. Enormous water resources are being drained and sold as marketable commodities known as Desani and Aquafina so you too can go pollute your environment, but rest assured American ingenuity will provide you with safe and clean water.

Within the American landscape, there are vast areas of the country without water; the famed Colorado River does not even reach the sea any longer. Water is diverted to fill swimming pools, water golf courses and subsidize the sprawling industrial sized farms of California. Pockets of the Middle East are about to erupt over the valuable resources, while we Americans lackadaisically waste away our precious resource. Two thirds of the human body is composed of water, so as a fore warning why destroy what is our life blood. We have heard the angry cries of No Blood for Oil, but as the way humanity goes we may just see Blood for Water, I hope not.

Robb Kidd

“In an age when man has forgotten his origins and is blind even to his most essential needs for survival, water along with other resources has become the victim of his indifference” Rachel Carson author of Silent Spring.


At August 14, 2007 10:31 AM, Blogger Little Miss Curious said...

Amazing how quickly humans can make a mess and how long it takes to clean it up. Despite all the abuse it has taken, Lake Champlain still is beautiful. BTW, is that Champ in the water?

At August 16, 2007 7:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

In just looking at the small photo within the post, (jokingly) I thought to myself: huh, so that is what Champ looks like.

At August 16, 2007 7:51 AM, Blogger RobbKidd said...

For the record, that is not Champ in the water but another lake monster, myself. I come with full sound effects courtesy of the Jaws soundtrack.

At August 26, 2007 2:46 PM, Blogger Jack McCullough said...

Hi, Robb.

Good to see someone quote "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" correctly.



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