Did you know that only 3% of all water on our entire planet is considered freshwater?  Only 1/6 of this “freshwater” is accessible for use by us humans, the remaining being trapped in glaciers, ice caps, absorbed into our soil, and dispersed throughout our atmosphere.  Of this .5%, 1/5 belongs to a single lake that has no outlet.

Two fifths of one percent.

That is all that we have.

         So how fresh is this water?  Considering that we are most commonly in contact with water from a faucet, showerhead, or as it finally becomes heavy enough to fall from the sky, it is very easy to think that “our” water is clean.  But that is a very insignificant percentage when you think about it.  What I think about is every time I cross over a river on a bridge there is more water passing under me every second than I will use in a year.  A little more significant if you ask me.  Now take a look at the banks of these rivers.  Not so fresh.

We take for granted how little we really are individually, how privileged we are to have our tiny amount of water to use daily, and how large our negative impact can be as individuals if we ignore problems as a group.  The trash on these rivers happens to be one of these ignored problems.  A sight that is way easier to just be ignored than making your way to each piece of trash and finding a way to extract it, transport it, and to properly dispose of it.  It almost seems impossible to do anything to change it now.  Who has the time to pick up other peoples stuff?  iCleanWaterways does.  But we need your help.

         Our inactivity to preserve the freshness of our water has come to a tipping point.  Something has to be done by everyone to reverse the effects of our irresponsibility.   We must hold ourselves personally accountable for the items that we discard.  Knowing this won’t be done by all, we sometimes have to pick up other peoples stuff too.  There are many ways each and every one of us can be better about trying fix this problem.  But the main way is, just one piece at a time, every time.  Every time you see it.  Every time you use it.  Every time you take a shower think about how if you were a fish you would be getting  hit with grocery bags, pop bottles, micro-plastics, metal…anything you can think of.  Maybe it’s time to freshen up our “freshwater”.

iCleanWaterways is a national movement actively removing trash from our springs, creeks, rivers and our many lakes while promoting personal responsibility. Our goal is to eliminate the trash one pound at a time for our children and generations after.

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