LETTER: We don’t really know anything about water

If we ever reach a consensus on the Columbia River Treaty, it can only be one thing. We don’t know anything about the Treaty and we know less about our water.

How can we make informed decisions about our water when we know nothing?

We know nothing and so be it, a good place to start. If the consensus is we know nothing about something that increases in value every day, then perhaps we should learn something about it.  Let the Columbia River International Fresh Water Institute become part of our lives.

I am a Canadian. I know little about the resources that surround me.

I am a Canadian, but I can change a little bit, maybe.  Perhaps I could support the one per cent proposal where one per cent of all money generated by the Columbia River and its tributaries is set aside for the study of water.

And being a bargain-hunting, self-serving, Canadian cheapskate, I know that if I decrease my electrical consumption by one per cent, I get my part of our Fresh Water Institute for free.

The gift of water. Ours for the taking, and ours to give thanks for.


Dick Murphy



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