I just read, “This is Your Brain on Water” (Let’s Be Clear, TPO, April 2017). During my 29 years working in the water and wastewater industry,
I have definitely become more and more environmentally conscious.
I have found it is the water that motivates me politically and gives me strength to not only work in the field, but also volunteer my time and energy with organizations such as the Water Environment Federation, Trout Unlimited, Coastal Conservation Association, and local river associations. I participate in river cleanups and actively protest those who willingly harm our water environments. All of this is for the love of water.
My passion for water began as a child when my grandfather taught me how to fly-fish. Water continues to fuel my passions and has done so for over half a century. This love of water is even how I met my wonderful wife.
This article has done an exceptional job of explaining to me how and why my love of water is so strong. I truly enjoyed it and will share it with others. Thank you for your research and insightfulness. Now, I think I’ll go fishing and think about it.
Jeff “Cope” Mahagan
Wastewater Treatment Superintendent
Town of Hillsborough, North Carolina