Regional Water Cleaning and Protection Strategies

By Robin Loving Rowland

The most pressing ecological question of our time in Central Mexico is water: Do we have enough and is it safe to use? Michael Lambert, president of Amigos de la Presa, will address this on November 11 at 12:30pm when Rotary meets at Hotel Misión, Salida a Querétaro 1.

As one of the founders of Amigos de la Presa, Lambert has shaped the mission of the organization, which is to approach water advocacy through recreation. He will speak on water issues we face in this region and suggest a variety of strategies for involvement in promoting practices that may lead to our surface water being cleaner and the protection and conservation of our ground water.

Lambert is no stranger to water activism. As the founder and chief executive of the award-winning Three Rivers Rowing Association in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, he has used recreation as a way of introducing large numbers of people to troubled waters. As well, he has led the involvement of people in a variety of environmental projects from simple voluntary cleanup projects to large-scale river and riverfront policy development.

A native of the nearly pristine waters of New Hampshire, Lambert went to Pittsburgh for graduate school, where he earned degrees in public health and social work. He arrived in Pittsburgh at a time when the rivers were clogged with industrial effluent and traffic. People there turned away from the rivers, viewing them largely as nearly open sewers. Over time, he helped bring the rivers to their current status: teaming with fish and enjoyed by thousands of rowers, paddlers, and even sailors. Riverfront property is now prized and highly valued there.

Lambert believes that only with an actively involved citizenry will we one day be able to enjoy the Presa Allende and Río Laja, and protect and conserve the rapidly dwindling waters of our regional aquifer.

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