We appreciate the numerous wildlife habitats along the Rio Grande Bosque, both inside and outside of the levee system, and we understand that none are suitable for human contact. But what does that say about the quality of the water in these habitats and our citizens’ connections to these environments? It says [indirectly] “Danger!” “Contaminated Water!” “Stay Away!” and our open space managers warn of duck feces and fish hooks. “Who would want to recreate in THAT anyway?” ”No one.” And that’s our point. What if an area existed that WAS suitable for human contact; for active recreation such as swimming, kayaking, SCUBA or snorkeling, competitive events like triathlons or water polo, a place to connect youth to water and water safety, a place that is ADA accessible, a place that was so “suitable” for human contact that people WANTED to recreate, and wanted to conserve and protect similar environments and advocate for cleaner water throughout our state. Connecting wildlife is great – but we need to connect humans as well or there is little hope for a healthy water system.