So, now you’ve gone out and really gotten to know your river or selected waterbody and what you’ve found has raised some “red flags” or concerns. Maybe you found…
- instead of it being a natural, free flowing river, it is caged in by concrete.
- instead of having plenty of habitat for animals and plants to live and grow, it is more like a wasteland or devoid of any plant or animal life.
- instead of it being a clean and beautiful place to enjoy, your river is polluted or otherwise degraded.
But, can you do anything about it?
Answer: YES, of course you can!!! Take a look at the following pages and other websites to get some ideas on what you can do. Every little bit helps, so even small steps and improvements can create big changes and make a real difference. So what are you waiting for?
The first thing to do then is to prepare yourself. You need to come up with a plan, find a team that can help, and take action!
Have a look at the five following suggestions and further ideas:
- A water inter-generation contract will allow you to obligate the local authorities to handle drinking water prudently and to treat rivers and brooks on their territory carefully.
- With an information booth you call the attention of many people to the topic of water.
- With a petition you collect signatures for a water-friendly community.
- With an excursion you give an on-site demonstration on what should be changed about your river or brook and what you particularly like about it.
- With a street theatre you point out the weaknesses of your municipality’s water politics.