Water-borne diseases in rivers and streams reached epidemic proportion by the mid-1800s due to sewage. By the 1960s, many of our nation’s waterways were so contaminated they were closed to swimming. The passage of the Clean Water Act of 1972 called for a reduction in pollutants into waterways and to achieve “fishable and swimmable” waters.
There are many forms of water recreation and TIC/H2O Stewards focuses on fly fishing. Here is where TIC/H2O Stewards establishes the need for clean water to have healthy fish populations so to enjoy the sport.
Using Project WILD Aquatic “Fishable Waters”, Students/Kids learn about aquatic species and their habitats being influenced by land-based activities in a surrounding watershed and learn that legislation, such as the Clean Water Act and fishing regulations are tools used to manage water resources for the benefit of present and future generations.