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River's & Water Part 1: Introduction

I am lucky to live in Ontario which means any time I feel the need to listen to the soothing tones of a river or lake I can find one nearby. In fact from where I live there are three bodies of water within walking distance. They are Jackson Creek which goes under the city coming up in several places, the Otonabee River and Little Lake and that is just in the city it doesn't include the surrounding area.

For the fact-oriented people, Ontario is home to 250, 000 lakes and a 100,000 km of rivers. 1/6th of our province is water so this month I will be looking at rivers and water and the particular impact they have on our lives daily.

Below is one piece of the Trent River near our local university

By GTD Aquitaine - Own work (Original text: self-made), Public Domain,

All water is connected. Every raindrop, lake, underground river and glacier is part of a single global well. Water has the power to change everything -- a single splash can sprout a seed, quench a thirst, provide a habitat, generate energy and sustain life. How we treat the water in the well will affect every species on the planet, now and for years to come. Source

Bodies of Water have several different indicators based on size. The smallest being a drop of course.

Ok I'm rehashing stuff you probably already know in this first post but it is how I work.

Drop, splash, puddle, runnel, creek, stream, river, lake, sea & ocean. Those are the ones I remember but I am sure there are many others as well. We have so many names for water because water is the second most precious thing we need to survive, air being first.

We are not the only ones who need water to survive, it is a characteristic of every piece of flora and fauna on this planet of ours. Yet in some places, water is so polluted that drinking it could kill you. It is still a major issue even after years of education to teach us to treat it and the rest of our world better.

One of the things we can do is participate in watershed planting more about that next week.


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