Thursday, July 26, 2012
Love that dirty water... Boston your my home.
I have never been in a place without clean drinking water, and only had limited experience with unsafe swimming conditions, but I understand the importance of clean water. Water is an essential part of our body's chemical make up, we drink it, eat food from it, use it to cook, use it to clean, and use it for personal pleasure. The value of clean water is having the ability to do all of these things without having to purify or treat the water before doing so. I dont know about you, but when I enjoy a nice sea bass or a tuna, the last thing I am thinking about is what the water it was in tastes like, but the fish soaks up the taste, nutrients, and waste of the sea. This waste can be harmful to humans, and also to the fish, minimizing the amount of food that can be brought from the sea. This brings us back to the idea of the commons, if we do not take care of the resources we have then we will not have anything in the future.
When taking our trip to Castle Island yesterday we could see the importance of clean water. The man made bay would not have been as popular if people were not able to swim, fish, or enjoy the views of the water. Not only does this water have a good intrinsic value for South Boston, but it also creates a nice place for people to hang out and spend their summer. It is a very convenient location to get to, unlike many of the other Islands you are able to drive down Day Blvd to get to Castle Island allowing people who many not be comfortable with a boat ride to explore and enjoy the sites on hand.
I lived just outside of Chicago for a while up on Lake Michigan, and if I had to think about the water quality, it would have changed the complete economic development of the town. Real Estate, commercial profits, and customer satisfaction all rely on clean water, and without it our economy would continue to suffer.
I think that this Harbor clean up project is essential for the economic growth of Boston, and it will be the focal point of the cities infrastructure in years to come. I hope that future generations will appreciate the beauty and necessity of the water in the harbor, and will continue to purify and prevent it from once again becoming dirty.