Maine Voices: Clean H2O is salvation to livelihood
October 25, 2015 - Essential Water
SANDY RIVER PLANTATION — Maine’s economy has turn increasingly tied to millions of outside distraction and ecotourism dollars. Economists guess that for each dollar spent on tourism, a smallest of $3, to as most as $10, is double by Maine’s economy.
If this is to be sustained, a Maine Wilderness Guides Organization believes that estimable bid contingency be done to safety and strengthen a healthy resources, generally a streams, rivers, lakes and wetlands.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Bill Richards of Sandy River Plantation is boss of a Maine Wilderness Guides Organization.
The Maine Wilderness Guides Organization is done adult of Registered Maine Guides, owners of sporting camps and lodges and supporters who yield a far-reaching operation of guiding, educational and conservation-related activities, including transport on remote rivers, ponds and waterways.
MWGO guides are committed to building a top turn of veteran believe and skills. This includes, though is not singular to, poling stretches of whitewater in a canoe, hiking with clients to remote towering streams and ponds for local trout, or paddling sensitively a dug-out or boat in wish of photographing a moose or other wildlife.
Regardless of a activity, classification members share a common prophesy of environmental stewardship and are committed to safeguarding and conserving a healthy environment.
PROTECTING WATER IS GOOD BUSINESS
This is a lens, then, by that a Maine Wilderness Guides Organization views a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s new Clean Water Rule. It protects wetlands and tiny streams that are vicious to a health of a accumulation of fish and wildlife species.
Small tributaries and wetlands duty as filters that eventually yield purify H2O to a vast rivers and lakes. Without healthy waterways, fish and wildlife populations are in jeopardy. This affects not usually a running contention though also a reason people come to Maine to reconstruct and suffer a healthy environment.
A day spent roving on a Allagash River Waterway by dug-out or fishing a Roach or Magalloway rivers underscores a significance of safeguarding their ancillary watersheds. There are many lesser-known waterways in Maine that are contingent on purify H2O as well.
Water flows downhill, and so does pollution. Protecting tiny streams and tributaries from wickedness ensures insurance for purify incomparable bodies of H2O downstream.
Hunting, fishing, canoeing, hiking and wildlife examination are advantages subsequent from activities associated to a healthy environment. Protecting these resources is an investment in Maine’s future. According to a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, $1.4 billion was spent on these activities in 2011.
As income gained from outside distraction multiplies by Maine’s economy, a advantage becomes obvious for currently and for a years that will follow. Protecting tiny streams and wetlands not usually generates recreational dollars for Maine though also reduces poignant intensity taxpayer cost associated to a designation and upkeep of purify H2O diagnosis systems.
CLEAN LAKE SAVES MONEY ON FILTRATION
For example, Sebago Lake is directly influenced by a peculiarity of H2O in a surrounding watershed that’s filtered naturally from wetlands and streams. The outcome is that a Portland Water District, that provides celebration H2O for about one-sixth of Maine’s population, is one of really few H2O districts in a nation that does not need a filtration plant.
The existence is that there are usually about 50 out of a 50,000 H2O districts in a United States that have filtration waivers.
If a H2O peculiarity in Sebago Lake declined and a Portland Water District indispensable to build a filtration plant, a estimated cost would be in additional of $70 million, with about a million or some-more dollars per year to operate. So there is a poignant mercantile reason to keep tiny streams and wetlands – nature’s best filters – intact.
On seductiveness of a Maine Wilderness Guides Organization, we titillate U.S. Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King, along with U.S. Reps. Chellie Pingree and Bruce Poliquin, to support and work with a EPA on a new Clean Water Rule. Any try to retard doing of a rule, that went into outcome May 27, is not in a state of Maine’s best interest.
Clean H2O is essential not usually for members of a Maine Wilderness Guides Organization though also for a thousands of Maine adults who count on purify H2O for their livelihood.
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