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
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.
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