Rivers Connect Us More Than You May Realize

your clean drinking water

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I was thinking about all of the ways rivers touch our lives. So I decided to write down some of the ways I benefitted from clean water this morning.

  • 6:00am – make coffee (the best cup of coffee starts with fresh tap water)
  • 7:00am – make oatmeal (with tap water)
  • 7:30am – pack lunch (organic apple grown with Columbia River water; salmon caught on the Willamette River),
  • 7:45am – toddler wants to go outside – put his boots on and go splash in puddles on sidewalk,
  • 7:50am – toddler splashes in dogs’ water bucket.
  • 8:15am – shower
  • 8:30am – take bus to work, cross over Willamette on Ross Island Bridge
  • 11:30am – go for a run along the riverfront – lots of other people running, walking, biking and enjoying the river view

And that’s just the morning. The rest of the day might include enjoying a local beer which starts by using our water or use water from rain barrel to water some potted plants. Other days I might go kayaking, or swimming, or maybe join my husband salmon or steelhead fishing. I might let my dogs splash in a stream.

This just shows how important clean water is to our health, economy, and quality of life. Americans want more clean water protections, not fewer. Rivers are a huge part of our everyday lives. It’s so easy to take clean water for granted – but can you imagine living without it?

How many times did rivers touch your life today?