|Water has already been an issue. The dangerous levels of lead in Flint, Michigan's water resulted in a crisis. Flint's water became contaminated after the city switched from using Lake Huron to the Flint River, due to financial issues. That's really bad because lead poisoning can cause brain damage in children and, in Flint, that is exactly what happened. Today, six state workers in Michigan were indicted on charges of misconduct in office, conspiracy, and a willful neglect of duty for their failure to address the water crisis by manipulating the results of reports on the safety of Flint's water supply. Altogether, nine state workers have been indicted in connection with the water crisis. For a scientific analysis of this issue, click onto the word "link" on the next line:|
|There are other ways for water to be contaminated. Here in Western New York, there are issues concerning the Cattaraugus Creek. Most of the water that was contaminated is on territory belonging to the Seneca Nation of Indians. Last year, I participated in part of the Walk for a Nuclear Free Future. I walked with the group from downtown Buffalo to Sunset Bay (where the creek joins Lake Erie). |
Last April, I wrote this in a blog post:
"Maria Maybee, a Seneca from the Heron Clan, said that the Cattaraugus Creek was where she grew up. She said that she loves the creek. The nuclear waste that leached into the creek from the West Valley waste disposal site has caused Maria serious health problems, she explained."
Maria organizes an annual water walk to draw attention to the problems associated with the contamination of the Cattaraugus Creek.
Because we cannot live without water, it would seem obvious that governments should invest in infrastructure that is connected with safe water to drink, wash in, and irrigate gardens and farms. To me, that seems like a no-brainer. After all, water is life. And it potentially could become a national security issue. Some people are suggesting that access to safe and uncontaminated water could be the cause of future wars. Here is a link to an article in Scientific American on this topic (click on link in the next line).
Water is life. And life is precious. Let's protect it.