Access to water is a fundamental requirement of all life on earth. It’s also an invaluable resource for all kinds of recreational activities, from seaside picnics to kayak treks and leisurely canoeing. Bodies of water might seem impervious to human activity, but in fact the choices we make can have profound impacts on water quality and on aquatic life.
Leave No Trace’s Hot Spots program is frequent called on to address recreation-related impacts at waterways. In areas like Louisiana’s Bayou Teche Water Trail, West Virginia’s New River Gorge National Park and Washington State’s San Juan Islands, our teams have helped address water pollution concerns with Leave No Trace education.