You may be thinking that River Valley Conservation is just a simple case of management. Since you are dealing with a river that flows predictably through a certain geographical area, your main concern as far as management goals are the water flow and recapturing that water in the form of energy. While there is quite a trend going on in the United States and elsewhere against building or maintaining dams, the debate is actually much bigger than whether regions should hang on to the dams they’ve already put up or take them down and let the previously dammed up areas take a more natural look. It really all boils down to seasonality.
You might be thinking that this is not a big deal because the Credit River watershed in Ontario is a ready supply of water. In other words, there’s really no massive droughts that appear with a certain predictability. You would be absolutely correct but that would also be a shortsighted view of the situation. You have to understand that the Credit River Valley watershed system is connected to other ecosystems throughout the northern hemisphere. It’s connected to a greater environment that goes beyond the boundaries of not just Canada and not just the northern hemisphere but the world.
Using this greater view, it’s really a good idea to look at the resources we have available to us. Water conservation is crucial because the more efficient we are here in the Credit River Watershed Greater Ontario area, the less resources we take out of the greater ecosystem. The less resources, the less stress. The less stress means this puts less pressure and this is bound to have a net positive effect as far as the global environmental system is concerned.
We need you to look in broad terms because whatever decisions we make on the purely local basis may seem small. It may seem that it applies to just one particular point in time for one particular purpose. But if you broaden your view and subscribe to the scientifically proven fact that environmental decisions made in one corner of the earth no matter how seemingly remote does have important consequences for the rest of the planet, then you would be more discriminating regarding local decisions.
This is why the Credit River watershed conservancy cause that we have championed for over 60 years would rather commit mistakes on the conservative side rather than be too aggressive and permissive. We really are not convinced that if we are aggressive and permissive and if we allow all these policies to play out because of seemingly obvious short-term gains that it would actually benefit the greatest amount of people for the longest time. In fact, we’re convinced that it works the other way around.
It doesn’t really matter how big the economic or lifestyle advantage is of a particular decision in the here and now. If you’re going to be paying for that choice long into the future, then you probably should not have made that choice now. It’s always a good idea to look at the long-term game plan. Don’t just look at a few inches or feet in front of your nose. That is a surefire recipe for disaster especially since we’re talking about the environment.
The environment is complex. It flows into many other human and semi-human and natural systems. There’s just so many things that could go wrong and considering the price of replacement, the price of remedying whatever can go wrong. Assuming it can even be fixed or remedied, it really is quite sobering. It really gives one pause. As the old saying goes, measure twice cut once. It’s better to analyze exhaustively now rather than just jumping in with both feet, making the wrong decision and having to live with that bad decision long, long into the future. We simply cannot afford to decide that way.
This is why you need to conserve water. You need to do your part in conserving our small corner of the world and protecting mother nature here. Whatever gains we are able to turn into reality here are sure to be felt far outside the Greater Ontario area.