It seems that leadership in the battle against climate change and environmental degradation will have to come from the grassroots level. For some of our elected officials, leadership in this battle plays second fiddle to political expediency.
On August 22, Watersheds Canada will be in the Barry’s Bay area in partnership with the Carson, Trout, Lepine and Greenan Lakes Association. Watersheds Canada will be making site visits to waterfront properties and designing planting plans along with the property owners. Several members of our Association are providing much needed leadership by planting native plants on their waterfront properties as part of an offer from Watersheds Canada. These plantings help absorb runoff and keep excess nutrients from entering the lakes, they help reduce erosion, they naturally capture carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, they provide wildlife habitat. Healthy shorelines are needed to protect water quality, fish habitat and, did I mention property values? We all have a duty of care to preserve our natural environment (probably our most important asset in the Madawaska Valley) in a healthy state for our grandkids and their grandkids.
Now to get all of our elected officials on board and even leading the way.
Photo Harrison Haines