One of the best ways to keep our waters clean and healthy is to encourage people to invest --- either with time or money --- in their protection and enhancement.
Clean Water Future provides a good example of this with a pilot project for watershed protection on the Upper Connecticut River Valley between Vermont and New Hampshire. It connects people who are not on the land with people who are, and provides an alternative funding mechanism directed at individuals rather than foundations and government agencies.
“Similar to KickStarter, the website asks the public to invest in watershed protection projects,” spokesperson Linda Setchell tells Activist Angler.
“A couple of the projects we have listed currently improve fish habitat:
“Mill Brook Fish Ladder Restoration Project is rebuilding a fish ladder that was destroyed during last year's Hurricane Irene, which ravaged Vermont's rivers. When in operation the ladder resulted in a 500 percent increase in wild trout spawning rates upstream of the ladder.
“Wood Is Good is a small project that will be dropping trees into a prime trout stream habitat in the backwoods of Vermont to help improve spawning grounds.”
Good ideas here, not just for those who live near the Upper Connecticut, but for activists nationwide.