Letter: Communities Benefit from Clean Streams

By Christopher Byrnes, Chestnuthill Township

Originally published in The Morning Call

With the weather finally feeling like spring, I venture to wild trout waters in the Poconos and Lehigh Valley. How lucky are we to have clean, healthy waters flowing through a beautiful stretch of country. Each spring I’m awestruck, now more so, as I see these places through my children’s eyes.

These places are fragile, though. This month a truck overturned along Pocono Creek where Trout Unlimited and its partners spent years restoring stream habitat. Thousands of pounds of plastic pellets spilled onto the banks and into the water. I was proud to see so many volunteers brave the elements to clean up this mess.Promote health. Save lives. Visit who.int

We all need to band together to keep our streams clean, respected and protected. These waters are ours to enjoy, and it is our responsibility to keep them healthy. Rhetoric aside, there’s no need to choose between conservation and economic growth. By working together, our economy, our streams and our communities continue living in harmony.

We need clean water to survive, and we all benefit from a healthy, sustainable economy. Our community should continue to celebrate protection of our streams and firmly reject threats to our clean water. Wild places contain value greater than any cost-per-acre measurement.