Water's Future Is In Our Hands



Water found in Pine.

My good buddy John Jacobsen called me this morning and said: "Billie, ya must go hike the Highline Trail of the Pine Trail Head. The water is running pretty quickly down that dry creek bed." Well, I have been living in Pine for several years now and had not seen even the smallest trickle in that creek bed. I grabbed my water bottle and flute and headed for a pleasing afternoon hike.

It was not long into the hike that I first heard it: that beautiful sound a quick moving stream of water makes. People pay good money for water sounds on CD's and tapes because they help us humans to relax and sleep more peacefully. Well, this normally dry creek bed was playing a grand symphony, smooth, crisp and clear. Wow, a free concert by one of the most powerful things on earth. Water -- an amazing element.

With it, we grow our food; we freeze it to keep our sodas cold and to ice our coolers down for camping; we bathe ourselves and our possessions: cars, clothing, dogs. You name it and water is probably involved in some way.

Let's face it, we humans are, on the average, 70 percent water. Yes, water is a precious commodity.

I have come to the conclusion after a decade of drought that all the gold in Fort Knox cannot seduce the rain gods into dropping any droplets. So it remains in the hands of us humans.

Yes us, for we have the power to conserve our water, to use it wisely, to recycle, to put a brick in the toilet tank, to think about each way we use water and how we could do the same thing with less. For great water saving tips, simply contact your local water company and they will be happy to send you information on what you can do to conserve water.

So remember, it is up to us humans to be responsible with the earth's resources. We can hope that April showers will bring May flowers, but no matter how much rain we get, the need to conserve water is a constant for us high country desert dwellers.

Billie Grace, Pine

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