Jason Hyde

Back to the river

Looking back on the last decades it is clear to see that human footprints are being dug very very deep. Left and right you can see the repercussions of our actions and abuse of earth resources as a species. Taking care of our planet and its water sources goes beyond the deep blue sea, like we have been mentioning lately, rivers are big bodies of water with a life of their own and a need to be saved of their own.

Today we want to talk about two rivers, thousands of miles away, that are being torn apart by our decisions as a collective.

The Koksilah River on eastern Vancouver Island is known for its large population of salmon. But this wildly caught salmon is becoming scarce, thin at its best (once 90 pounds on average, now with 20 you count your blessings). Due to terrible climate change and a growing population nearby, the waterbeds are filling with sediments which makes it impossible for salmon to carry on their life cycles as nature intended, and that is only one problem, not to mention water temperatures and mineral state.

On the other hand, we have a river in the Danish city of Århus, where “a small machine called the WasteShark now autonomously sails through the water collecting trash, bringing it to shore, and then recharging itself. Soon, a drone will begin flying to help by using a special lens that collects data to be crunched by a machine learning algorithm, that drone can identify pieces of plastic or other garbage and direct the sailing drone to pick them up. The system can also identify oil spills, which the WasteShark can help clean up with a special filter.” according to the Fast Company website

These two rivers demonstrate that what goes on in the land affects the water. On one hand, efforts are being made to restore the Koksilah river and in Denmark, a drone is helping clean up the garbage put there by humans. Which means we are out of time to talk, it’s time to act. Preserve your rivers today.

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