May 2017 Enewsletter

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Dear Wolf River Conservancy partner:

Leonardo Da Vinci said over 500 years ago that “water is the driving force of nature.”  This was true then and it is certainly true now. We humans can live for more than three weeks without food but only a few days without water. Unfortunately, it is estimated that today as much as 40% of the world’s population lives in areas that are experiencing water scarcity, which threatens not only livelihoods, but lives.

In Memphis, Shelby County, and West Tennessee, we are fortunate to have an abundance of clean drinking water provided by the Memphis Sand Aquifer.  Most of you are aware that the land conservation projects of  the Wolf River Conservancy protect important aquifer recharge areas.  We have an abundance of clean drinking water in comparison to many people in the world but we cannot take it for granted.

Recently, I participated in a Blue Stream Task Force sponsored by the City of Memphis, a process which examined  three different aspects of local water resources, both surface and groundwater, and their importance to our community:  transportation, economy and environment.

It became quite clear in a relatively short time that the economic and environmental aspects of our water resources were sometimes supportive of each other, but not always. While we all want our community to thrive and support the appropriate amount of economic development to provide for a thriving community, we must at the same time understand the importance of protecting and conserving our precious clean drinking water from unwise use and potential pollution.

Water is a “driving force” in the world as it is here in the MidSouth.  Without a doubt, our community’s awareness of its great natural water resources will be crucial in moving forward economically, but it won’t always be an easy path.

Thanks to all of you for your support of the mission of the Wolf River Conservancy.

Keith Cole
Executive Director

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Upcoming Events



June 3

Cycle the Greenway 


June 3

First Saturday Paddle


June 3

Frog Chorus Walk   


June 17 

Outdoors Inc. Canoe and Kayak Race


June 19

Lecture: Jack Kenner, Photographer


June 24

LaGrange Street Festival 


July 1

First Saturday Paddle



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