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Summary: The next step

Getting some ideas of additional things you can do to help our streams? As you can see from these examples, people from all walks of life are making a positive difference. Solutions don't depend on government, businesses, or citizens alone, but on the talents and actions of many-consumers, governments, students, businesses, conservation groups, teachers, and others.

In some cases, outstanding individuals have followed their big thoughts with big steps. But remember, if each of us were to take even small steps, the combined benefits to our watersheds would be huge. The important thing is to connect the dots: to link our thoughts and actions with their impacts on our rivers and streams.

Meanwhile, get out of the house! Get out of the office! Walk the trail along a rushing trout stream. Launch a canoe on a winding woodland river. Spend time fishing or birdwatching. Listen to the sounds of the river, appreciate its beauty, savor its smells.

When we strengthen our first-hand connections to the streams that course through our neighborhoods and our nations, we take the most important step toward their conservation.

"Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person."
-Mother Teresa

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