Thank Water for the Birds, and Everything Else.

By: Marilyn Hall, ACC Water Conservation Coordinator

A customer called to tell me that she saw a great blue heron on Trail Creek over the weekend. She was excited because Trail Creek was such a mess not that long ago. (Remember the chemical spill that turned the water toilet-bowl-blue?) She watched as the bird silently stalked the small fish swimming in the stream. She marveled at the creature’s beauty and patience. Three years ago this scene would not have been possible. Thanks to the regenerative process of the stream’s ecosystem, the birds are back.

People all over the world recognize and appreciate the regenerative and healing properties of water: Soaking in warm water will quiet and soothe the body. Being by the sea renews one’s sense of wonder and humility. Water ceremonies cleanse the soul in many religious traditions. Drinking water satisfies the most fundamental need of all life.

At its simplest, water is made of two hydrogen atoms bonded with an atom of oxygen. There are about 326 million trillion gallons of water on earth and it exists in three states of matter: liquid, solid, and gas. Our bodies are made up of about 70% water. Life began in water. Water flows through each of us, our families and our friends.

Water is part of everything we give thanks for this season. So as we enjoy the love of friends and family and show our gratitude for our many blessings, remember that water makes it possible.

One more thing, I am also thankful for the woman who called just to tell me about the bird she saw on the water.  She reminded me that it is the little things that make life so awesome!

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