- Author: Martha White
Earlier this summer, I was fortunate to be able to take a family vacation to Canada. One of our visits was to Prince Edward Island (P.E.I.), Canada's smallest province.
Prince Edward Island depends on its own water table for all of its water needs. No canal pumping system or pipes supplement their need for freshwater. Several years ago, the residents decided to proactively protect the fragile water table. They passed laws prohibiting the sale and use of lawn chemicals and fertilizers.
With the recent news of contamination in the California Central Valley water table, the planning and forethought of Prince Edward Island residents really impressed me. I took two pictures of landscaping outside of a P.E.I. office building. The bright yellow face of the dandelion, holding up its balloon of wishes, has become a symbol for me: a symbol of what can be accomplished when a group of concerned people who work together for the common good.