In the latest dispatches from his website, Jon writes that he and his team have now set off to the explore the backwaters of Louisiana by boat. The trip is an exploratory one to check the health of the rivers, swamps, and bayous of region and over the course of the next two weeks, he’ll be checking in with his findings.
There have already been two dispatches from the field. The first from deep within the Atchafalya Swamp, where a 20 year resident of the region shows them the abundance and diversity of life in an area that many consider a useless bog. The second dispatch looks at the work of a chemist who is studying a “dead zone” that is growing at the mouth of the Mississippi River. Due to the run-off of chemicals, oil, and other man made junk, this growing zone no longer supports life of any kind.
Jon has become a guardian of this planet’s water supply. I don’t know anyone else who has traveled to so many distinct areas to study the health of the water in the region. His observations of the impact of climate change and man’s disregard for the environment in general, have been staggering, and I really admire his work. And, as I’ve said before, there are worse ways to explore our planet than from within a kayak. Keep up the great work Jon.
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