Watershed Moment

Last night’s gathering at the Floyd EcoVillage Celebration Hall was a confluence in time and space of so many people who care about and are willing to act on behalf of this special landscape.

The notion that Floyd’s water is the fluid foundation for both agriculture and human culture in this county has been bubbling to the surface now for a decade. Last night was the high-water mark, to be sure–the culmination of more than a year of work and planning. Congrats to all who played a part.

Here is the final product:

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But no matter where you’re from, your community has it own water interests and concerns, and your water future–like ours–may be at risk. Perhaps this Floyd-based water feature will give your group some ideas about where to start plumbing those depths while there is still time to act.


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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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