Water, a bit of a digression
We have a lake at Wilotree Park south of Groveland, Florida. In
the summer it rains almost every day. The grass there gets very green. In the
summer I live next to the Boise River in Garden City, Idaho (next to Boise). I
ride on the Greenbelt that follows the river every day.
Now something special is going to happen. A swimmer is going to swim the length
(150 miles) of the river to help people notice that it's there.
August 6 - September 7th, 2019
This summer renowned swimmer and water quality advocate, Christopher Swain, will
lead a journey over 150 miles of the Boise River, from its source in the
Sawtooths, to its confluence with the Snake River. Along the way he will collect
water samples, report on the health of our river, and interview various people
about their hopes and dreams for the Boise River.
Swain will start his Idaho expedition in the Sawtooth Wilderness by swimming
across Redfish Lake to access the trailhead to Spangle Lake, the source water
for the Middle Fork of the Boise River. From there he will make his way down to
Atlanta, swimming across Arrowrock, Lucky Peak, through Boise and all the way to
Parma where the Boise River connects with the Snake River.
Along the way, Swain will share his location, personal physiology and water
quality data through social media. He will stop to conduct stakeholder
interviews with land owners, business leaders, community leaders, farmers,
miners, students and river recreationists.
Idaho Business for the Outdoors will be gathering baseline data on
water quality from Source to Snake, hosting community engagement events, leading
water workshops for high school students from Idaho City, Mountain Home, Boise,
Caldwell, Eagle and Parma. Workshops will be inspired by the Clean Water Act and
facilitated with our community partners along the river. They will focus on
fishable, swimmable and drinkable water quality standards, the economic and
health benefits of outdoor recreation. Swain will be conducting stakeholder
interviews all along the river with community leaders, farmers, miners,
ranchers, land owners, students, and river recreationists.
There is a mobile app that you can use to follow his journey at "Boise River:
Source to Snake."
This is interesting in light of this:
A Quarter of Humanity Faces Looming Water Crises
Countries that are home to one-fourth of Earths population face an increasingly
urgent risk: The prospect of running out of water.
From India to Iran to Botswana, 17 countries around the world are currently
under extremely high water stress, meaning they are using almost all the water
they have, according to new World Resources Institute data published Tuesday.
Many are arid countries to begin with; some are squandering what water they
have. Several are relying too heavily on groundwater, which instead they should
be replenishing and saving for times of drought.
In those countries are several big, thirsty cities that have faced acute
shortages recently, including São Paulo, Brazil; Chennai, India; and Cape Town,
which in 2018 narrowly beat what it called Day Zero the day when all its dams
would be dry.