The raging river of refuse

As the snow melts and the ice begins to break up, another deluge of garbage will be swept into our waterways. Beyond being an eyesore, garbage also threatens the lives of many species of wild and domestic animals. Join in the fight to take back our water.

Have we lost respect for Mother Earth? It seems every year that goes by, there is less cleanup and only more garbage in and along the water. We must ask ourselves, who is responsible for the cleanup effort? Is it the state conservation department, or the people’s responsibility? What would it take to clean up such a mess, and how could our community afford such a large scale program? Also, what would be the benefit and result of a cleanup program and how could that positively affect our community?



I have been mulling over this problem for several years and believe there are answers to all the aforementioned questions. It starts off with all of us taking responsibility for our actions. As humans, we create non-biodegradable refuse, and all of us use such products. Even if we attempt to never litter, some of our garbage will end up where we would rather not have it. For this reason, we should all take responsibility and make an effort to clean up what might not be your mess. It’s kind of like doing the dishes for someone else after dinner. If we all take turns, there will always be clean dishes. If we all take turns cleaning up roadside garbage, river, lake, and stream debris, we would all have a much cleaner environment to enjoy.


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