Potash Brook

Dated: 11/11/2014

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When you think of a brook you probably envision a babbling flow of water, perhaps with some fish darting about.  Unfortunately when it comes to the Potash Brook here in the Burlington and South Burlington area, storm water contamination comes to mind. Potash Brook originates out near Spear Street and Dorset Street then winds its way through densely populated areas lined with both homes and industrial complexes.  It goes largely unnoticed when it crosses Kennedy Drive and Shelburne Road.  Yet this little brook has helped reshape some environmental rules in hopes that other Vermont brooks that find themselves identified as Federal and State impacted waterways.  We Vermonters would rather think of our streams and brooks as something you might even consider drinking out of on a hot summers day.  Think again.  While Potash is perhaps one of the most notorious for pollution, it by no means is a solo act.  Like the rest of the country, we are hardly immune from man destroying nature one bad choice at a time.  

I suppose pollution is inevitable in a society that is forever expanding its reach and encroaching on what were once pristine water sources.  Each one of us can be  just a bit more conscious of our daily impact on the environment, perfection may be out of reach but improvement is not.

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