February 11, 2013
1.How exactly will your solution be applied? List all steps and all important details. Forming a watershed group that will look out for the protection of the Birch River area as far as environmental, water quality and recreation opportunities go. The first thing would be to make that important first decision to form the group. Secondly, interest must be gauged by having meetings in the area to see if there are enough potential members so that a difference might be made. Third, we would have to go through the process via the political route to make sure that we follow all guidelines that have been stipulated for such groups. This usually entails incorporation, tax concerns and the availability of grants to aid in your work. 2.What difficulties could arise in its implementation, and how would these best be overcome? The biggest concern, as previously noted, is local apathy. Too often people see things for what they are or what they have become and do not think a difference can be made. Convincing the general population in the area that we wanting to take nothing away but only protect and enhance the river area is the key. People have to see you as being genuine and interested in being a partner with them in these actions and not someone just wanting to come in and take over or run things. 3.What reasons might others find for opposing this solution? What modifications could you make to overcome their opposition? The biggest reason for opposition is the mindset that this group wants to come in and stop anyone from logging, drilling for oil and gas or to basically restrict activities in the area. We have to find a way to convince them that we support these activities but they must be carried out in the manner intended. Too often in these rural area, outfits try to do as little as possible and sometimes nothing to mitigate any damage to the creeks or river by...