Monday, February 6th, 2023
Monday, February 6th, 2023

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Find a stream, and protect it

Paula PiattThink about all the things that stream has done for you… cooled you on a hot summer day, warmed your heart with the first trout of the year. (Or your first trout, period.)

It’s there no matter when you need it; even when you have five bazillion things to do and you wish it wasn’t calling.

So why not give something back to that stream? Chances are, if you’ve been on the stream enough, it’s got fish in it. That, after all, is what keeps you coming back. And chances are, if there are fish, there’s a group that’s looking out for the welfare of the water.

If you haven’t already found the association or group working on behalf of the stream, do your homework and get involved. It’s just a little something you can do “locally,” to help your environment. Yeah, that might seem a little selfish, but just around the corner is a good place to start. You can still recycle and work for the ducks in the prairie pothole regions of Saskatchewan, but there’s no better feeling than driving to work Monday morning, looking out the window and seeing the stream that you’ve helped. It’s just a daily reminder that we’re stewards of this earth and we need to be taking care of it.

My first watershed association was, not surprisingly, a little trout stream in Pennsylvania. I’m not old enough to remember the heyday of Schrader Creek, but in the days before the coal mining stripped the landscape of southern Bradford County, I hear things were pretty good. While Steve and I moved on to the Adirondacks, the association still soldiers on. Twenty years have passed since the first meeting and they are making some headway… at least they’ve found all the problems along the stream’s 23 miles. They have now set out to fix them.

I haven’t been on the Schrader in years, but I hear you could soon see wild brookies swimming there again. Now, “soon” is a relative term and you’ll have to know that you’re in this thing for the long haul; there will always be something to work on. Even if you’re not dealing with acid mine drainage from years ago, the odd hurricane will blow through occasionally and you’ll get a mess to clean up. And, as we found here in the Adirondacks, if you aren’t standing there advocating for your stream it can take a big hit under the banner of “cleanup.”

But we’ve got plenty of streams up here that need our help and I’m sure you have one in your backyard that could use a friend; someone to look out for its best interest, to advocate for it when no one else will and to raise some money for it’s upkeep and  make sure it’s there for the generations to come.

Do more than stand out in your stream – stand up for it.

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