The return of the salmon is an amazing treasure. As I heard and read about the sockeye runs of Bristol Bay this week, I thought I should write to say it is the duty of the living generations to respect this treasure and ensure that salmon will keep returning.
Each and every one of us needs to protect stream quality: By reducing the amounts of fertilizer and pesticide used in yards, by reducing gasoline use near and in the waters, and mostly by leaving streams alone.
Supporters of the push to build a golf course quickly have told me that "of course we all want to protect salmon streams." I'd like to point out that there is no reason to suppose that turning moist wooded country into smooth green fairways will help the salmon.
Let's not treat the creeks of Outer Point as we did Duck Creek and Lemon Creek. Our duty as stewards of the freshwater lives of salmon is clear.
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