My grandma had a placard on her wall that read “ Lord help me change the things I can, and not worry about the things I can’t”
What can I really do about these large and sometimes huge issues when I am only one man or one family?
When I find out that a sewage treatment plant has released over 5,000,000 gallons of raw sewage into the Patuxent River and that there was another release into the Potamac River, I wonder how can this be? Then I fined out that this isn’t the first time.
So my question is do we live in the twenty first century or is this the stone age?
I admit that there are a lot of problems and challenges in our world but water is equal to life. No Water No Life. I would think that we should clean up our own backyard, especially when that back yard is the Nations capital, REALLY?!
I’m shocked that the people of the DC metro have acted like this is status quo.
The only thing that I can do is look out on to the water of the Patuxent and scream, and maybe put together a video and bring attention to the disgust in my fellow citizen and leaders.
I have attached a video below to show what I am talking about.
I try to find solutions to problem and then test them, but I have to admit that this is a complicated one. I have questions to the authorities that are supposed to be “looking out” for the rivers and ultimately the Bay.
1. Do we have a base line on what is “normal” water quality?
2. Are we being informed on the status of the river?
3. What is being done to “fix” the problem?
4. Are there going to be any citations?
I thought this was going to be the decade of transparency?!
I know that if we all put our heads together these problems can be “fixed” one by one, but maybe we should start in our own backyard and BE AWARE of what is going on in OUR backyards.
When we look out there to find these solution they are usually found, we just need to seek.
Here is a person that has dedicated her life to water :
Jennifer Green - http://www.waterresearch.org/about/director.html
Wikipedia also has a great definition of “Created Wetlands”
In my research I also found that there are nearly 50 water sewage treatment facilities in the Northeast of varying size that use created wetlands to assist in the treating of the waste we create.
All in all, the discussion needs to be not can we fix it but WILL we?