Time for a New Year’s Resolution. One you can aspire to follow through on.
No more putting it off. No more waiting for the phantom grant to appear. No more pointing fingers and blaming it on everyone else. No more unresolved arguments with your neighbors or fellow lakeside owners. It’s time to come together. For the sake of the lake, for the sake of your property (value), and for the sake of generations to come. Perhaps it is time to take inventory of what you have and what you may like to have. What projects are the (lake) group, HOA, other entity pursuing?
Or perhaps we just prefer to drive to Wisconsin where the water is clean and keep passing the buck on to the next generation. Regardless of the situation, so many people feel powerless the to do anything about the waters of Illinois. Why is this?
The New Year, a new you, and a new attitude towards lake management. Not one of us can do it without the other. We spend a lot of time both actively and passively dealing with dealing with the nuances of daily life, what could the addition of a monthly or bi-monthly discussion or meeting hurt? As it turns out, many individuals who get involved in local lake management initiatives wish that they had gotten involved earlier. In several cases this can lead to local lake activists taking on a larger role in professional and semi-professional lakes groups to share their experiences with other and better network with peers and professionals alike.
The science and understanding is so much better than say, 25 years ago. There are less limiting factors in finding the right materials and resources to make informed decisions. Social media, the internet, digital archives all serve as valuable resources when properly accessed. This Blog, for example, serves as one of many resources to educate and at times motivate professionals and non-professionals alike.
Below is a brief list of 3 reasons to get involved:
- Understanding. Simple actually. Knowing and being informed is much more constructive than individuals that consistently confront others in a groups setting to push their own agendas. They often quite easy to pick out. We ask you to not be “that guy”.
- It protects property values. This should resonate most loudly with adjacent land property owners as water quality consistently shows a return correlating with resale value of land.
- Legacy. Preserving something for our children to witness, potentially with their children and grandchildren. Obviously our grandparents and parents may not have done the best job protecting the environment, but they receive at least a partial pass by lack of knowledge. We can no longer bear that as an excuse. The science has been proven out. It merely requires a follow through.
So there it is. Hopefully this convinces you to at least explore the concept of involvement in your local lake or watershed group. While we do not have an extensive list of resources and contact on this Blog YET, we hope to in the future. For the time being the County or local municipality may have contacts or alternatively, your own HOA may be engaged. If that fails feel free to contact any of the names within this Blog and we will do our best to point you in the right direction.
Cheers to a Happy New Year and everything lakes and water. See you in 2017!
~p0sted by Admin