Fresh . . . is the water
“Action is the stream, and contemplation is the spring.” Thomas Merton
Inspired by this weeks photo challenge: Fresh – it’s a state (new, recent, previously unknown) and it’s a taste or sensation (cool, sweet, invigorating, refreshing).
Appropriate to this posts theme, fresh water, I introduce the Experimental Lakes Area located near Kenora, Ontario. It is under threat of closure by Canada’s Conservative federal government.
This a world class research facility in operation since 1968 by Canada’s Department of Fisheries and Oceans. Scientists from around the globe come to study and identify the effects of pollutants on water sheds and fresh water.
The mission and the challenge – (from the ELA website)
To better understand global threats to the environment through knowledge gained from whole-ecosystem, experimental, scientific research
To monitor and demonstrate the impacts of human activities on watersheds and lakes
To develop appropriate environmental stewardship strategies for the preservation, restoration and enhancement of ecosystems
To educate and promote environmental protection and conservation through an integrated approach to ecosystem stewardship
In conjunction with this, I also introduce unmuzzledscience – “Musings of A Canadian government scientist from behind the muzzle.” For those readers who would like to delve in to deeper pools, I’ll reblog this Canadian scientist’s recent post on protecting fresh water. He (or she) has had to remain anonymous.