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In Our Own Backyard - Chapter 8 Extract

Traditionally, those of us fortunate enough to live close to the shores of Lake Michigan, or in the once-glacial areas of Illinois and Wisconsin, have viewed water not only as a bountiful source of life, but also of pleasure. We have quenched our thirst; irrigated our crops, lawns and gardens; soothed our bodies in luxurious baths and showers; boated on the myriad lakes and rivers; and entertained ourselves at countless pools, water parks, and beaches. Though seemingly endless in its abundance, the truth is, even here, water is a limited and fragile resource.

The quality of life in our community is directly related to the health and viability of our water resources. Many residents are dependent on private wells, and even those with Lake Michigan water have concerns about possible future limits, the long-term health impact, and the relatively high cost of water purchased from other communities. What's more, we all appreciate the diversity of plants and animals that flourish in our wetlands. So the time has come to make sure we are doing all we can to preserve and conserve this most precious substance.

OwlRiverwoods residents are fortunate to live close to a significant waterway that is home to a wide variety of plants and animals. Walk along the Des Plaines River Trail and you will see evidence of the beaver's handiwork; footprints of deer, raccoons and coyotes in the soft mud at the river's edge; and possibly an American toad or leopard frog as it hops across the path. Irises bloom in the damp floodplain in spring and owls, ducks, herons and songbirds can be seen and heard as you walk. Huge burr oaks, swamp oaks, silver maples and black walnuts are among the many species of trees that flourish in this wet area. ...

[In Our Backyard includes an examination of the hydrologic cycle, well construction and maintenance, and recommendations concerning water usage practices.]

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