To succeed in finding and making wise individual and community choices
for the river, each of us must develop, cultivate and put into action a
river ethic. We can do this:
- by being in awe of and appreciating nature, its complexity,
its artistry, its fragility as well as its stability;
- through hard work, careful observation and attention to
detail, becoming aware of and developing an understanding of natural
phenomena and human impact on nature;
- with awareness and understanding, developing a vision of
what is possible for the future;
- by acting with compassion, courage and leadership as needed
to meet the challenges that face the river;
- by trusting that by working together in the community with
compassion for each other and for nature, we all will benefit.
The following principles are intended to guide the Board's actions in
carrying out this mission:
- Respect opposing views and keep an open mind to new
information, changes and ways that the river can be restored and
- The long-term sustainability and health of the watershed is
attained by balancing social, economic and environmental values.
- The river has inherent worth which may be difficult or
impossible to put into economic terms.
- There are ecological truths that we have yet to learn.
- A healthy Mad River Watershed is necessary for a healthy
community. Education of ourselves and others, community support, and
broad participation are key to protecting the river.
- Using our knowledge, experience and resources, we will
speak for and represent the river in all proceedings where it may be
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