Common wealth from healthy rivers
Supplying freshwater and
Freshwater: Freshwater makes up less than
3% of the planet's total water with icecaps and
glaciers comprising more than 2% of that.
Freshwater is continually recycled from salt water
and refreshed through the hydrologic cycle.
We drink, breathe, wash, cook, clean, flush
wastes, and are able to exist because of fresh
water. Freshwater, as an economic good, is not
substitutable. Nothing can take its place, because
freshwater is an ecological imperative for human
survival. Therefore, the ecosystem service of
providing freshwater through healthy river systems
is of paramount concern.
Water purification: Natural filters,
terrestrial and aquatic plants almost miraculously
clean our soil, water, and air through their uptake
and release of compounds. A healthy forest is as
much a water purification plant as it is a water
factory as it is a carbon farm as it is a source of