Today is Water Wednesday and Rob is out and about as the day is sunny and bright and warm and requires his presence out of doors. So Water Wednesday has been left in my charge.

Kyla, my cousin Julie's daughter, at the Watershed Center

This year is the 40th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act and it seemed poignant to think of the memories I have of water over the past 40 years as the Clean Water Act and I are close in age. I was fortunate to grow up in the Ozarks surrounded by an abundance of clean water. My earliest memories are with my family and friends, playing in sprinklers, small plastic pools, and swimming in local streams. We often went fishing, camping, and floating. As I grew older, my friends and I frequented Wet Willies and Hydra Slide, running up and sliding down as fast as our legs would take us. We occasionally visited Table Rock Lake and boated with family. Riverdale was one of my favorite places in the summer to catch some rays and walk under the waterfall.  There was always fresh, clean water from the tap, at home, at school, at friends, everywhere it seemed. In any direction, I could find a water source for my enjoyment. It is my hope that 4o years from now children in the Ozarks will share similar memories of fresh, abundant water resources.  Organizations such as the Watershed Committee, James River Basin Partnership, Ozarks Water Watch and Table Rock Lake Water Quality, Inc. were created to help preserve and protect our area water resources, for all of us to enjoy now and for the enjoyment of future generations.

Kelly Guenther

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