From the Secretary's Desk
Water: for life, livelihood and recreation
Every summer in Vermont our lakes, rivers and ponds take center stage. Vermonters and visitors alike spend lazy days swimming, fishing and boating. With the abundance of opportunities to enjoy the aquatic side of our natural playground, it is easy to take clean water for granted.
This issue of Ripples highlights the important work we do at ANR to protect Vermont's water resources and to ensure plenty of opportunities for them to be enjoyed. The articles highlight the value of Vermont's wetlands and their role in keeping our water clean, protecting our communities from floods, and providing essential habitat for migratory birds and other species. We provide an update on our response to the public health emergency resulting in contaminated drinking water wells in southern Vermont. For both seasoned boating veterans and those looking to explore Vermont by water for the first time, we highlight some special places for canoe camping to visit this late summer into fall.
In this issue we also introduce Vermont Parks Forever, the foundation for Vermont State Parks designed to foster community stewardship of park and public access opportunities. Check out the link to their website so that you can find out more and get involved.
Take advantage of these last weeks of summer. I hope you all have a chance to get outside; to get active; and to enjoy Vermont's rivers, lakes and ponds!