On July 06, 2014 at 05:59PM, Tom at Watery Foundation published the following article:
Love of water can go bad. That is how rivers get impounded into reservoirs, why we overirrigate landscapes to make them nice and green, why communities dig deep recreational navigation channels out to sea for fishing, why people buy magical spring water in bottles, how aquatic plants and animals are purchased that end up as invasive species, and behind the impulse to put a house right on the river bank or sand dune. Strong affection for Florida’s unique water resources can lead in wrong directions.
Often, the best policy is to leave water bodies alone and “unimproved.” That is how Theodore Roosevelt felt on a trip to the Grand Canyon and Colorado River in 1903 (and which preceded his 1908 dedication of the area as a National Monument):
I want to ask you to do one thing in connection with [the Grand Canyon] in your own interest and in the interest of the country to keep this great wonder of nature as it now is. I was delighted to learn of the wisdom of the Santa Fe railroad people in deciding not to build their hotel on the brink of the canyon. I hope you will not have a building of any kind, not a summer cottage, a hotel, or anything else, to mar the wonderful grandeur, the sublimity, the great loneliness and beauty of the canyon. Leave it as it is. You can not improve on it. The ages have been at work on it, and man can only mar it. What you can do is to keep it for your children, your children’s children, and for all who come after you, as one of the great sights which every American if he can travel at all should see. We have gotten past the stage, my fellow-citizens, when we are to be pardoned if we treat any part of our country as something to be skinned for two or three years for the use of the present generation, whether it is the forest, the water, the scenery. Whatever it is, handle it so that your children’s children will get the benefit of it.
Good advice for Florida’s special water resources too.