Friday, September 25, 2020

Making the case for water reporting

You care about the Adirondacks, its woods, waters and people. That’s why you’re reading the Explorer (and its sister site the Adirondack Almanack), on top of everything else going on in the world.

Like the park, the Explorer is a special place. Last year, it hired me to come write about water — so abundant here we might just take it for granted.

As beautiful and seemingly protected as that water is, I’ve reported how that beauty and those protections only run so deep. There’s pollution we can’t see and problems we haven’t fixed, like the contamination caused by road salt or the sewage slowly fouling up Lake George.

There are only a handful of newsrooms in the whole country with reporters focused on water quality. It’s amazing to work for one of them. Since 2008, the year I started my career, American newsrooms have cut roughly 30,000 jobs of every kind. The Explorer, on the other hand, is trying to grow to bring news to the North Country and to focus hard on the issues that matter to you.

We can’t do that — I can’t do that — without your help. There’s a lot more to report about. Anything you can do to help us keep doing what we’re doing and grow is going to help the woods, the waters and the community.

Please support this nonprofit journalism with a monthly or one-time donation today. An Explorer Board Member has generously offered to match every dollar we raise, up to $25,000.


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Ry is a reporter who covered water-quality issues for the Explorer.

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