You are walking along some of the 1,300 miles of streams in Adams County, enjoying the views, breathing the fresh air, listening to the birds, feeling the warm sun. Suddenly, there in the bushes, you see a plastic shopping bag tangled in the branches or caught on rocks in the stream, sometimes higher than your head where it snagged from passing flood waters. The world of waste has intruded.

At the supermarket the cashier asks, “Paper or plastic?” If you’re concerned about the environment and climate warming, as more of us increasingly are, your answer should be, “Neither,” because you brought your own bags.

Mark Berg is member of the board of the Watershed Alliance of Adams County (WAAC). WAAC’s web site contains information if you would like to join, contribute, or volunteer.

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