For a quick and inspiring lesson in how different communities of interests can work together for clean water, take a look at this 3-minute video.
It features a Shenandoah Valley (Virginia) farmer with a problem creek running through his farm, a couple of Chesapeake Bay Foundation conservation experts, and scores of community volunteers pitching in to make a difference.
Like every story, of course, this one is more complex and involves many more players than this video snippet can show, but the basic message is simple: farmers, conservationists, government, and citizens can work together to improve their communities.
(I believe most Americans are weary of divisive politics and partisan bickering and are ready to roll up their sleeves and tackle the nation’s problems, even tough ones like widespread water pollution. Most “get it” that we all have a responsibility and a role to play. Indeed, most are earnestly seeking positive ways to contribute; witness the 70 volunteers in this video who came out on a Saturday morning to help plant trees on a neighbor’s farm.)
Another big benefit of clean water projects like the one featured in the video: jobs and the economy. Numerous studies and historical experience demonstrate that dollars invested in farm conservation and other environmental cleanup projects create new jobs and generate more business as they ripple through local economies. This is one of those deals where both the means and the ends are good.
Working together, we can clean up our streams, rivers, and the Bay AND have a robust economy. Don’t let divisive rhetoric and those politicians and special interests with other agendas persuade you otherwise.
Chesapeake Bay Foundation
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