Five ways water enhances our lives

A look at the importance of water in our existence

| Story by Cindy Cain |


Water plays a huge role in just about everything we do, and without it, life itself would not exist. But its impact goes far beyond just being a life-sustaining force. From geology to geography and everything in between, water enhances our lives in many ways.


Water has created some of the most beautiful natural features on our planet. The power of water created the Grand Canyon and Niagara Falls. And glaciers, which are rivers of ice, created Minnesota’s 11,000-plus lakes, Michigan’s Sleeping Bear Dunes and the Finger Lakes in New York. Closer to home, glacial Lake Wauponsee created the interesting terrain found in southwestern Will County that is home to several unique preserves and the Wauponsee Glacial Trail.

Aerial view of the bridge along Wauponsee Glacial Trail.

Wauponsee Glacial Trail (Photo by Chad Merda)


We need water to survive. Water also is used to generate power, irrigate crops, manufacture goods such as paper and computer chips, and keep our yards green and our homes clean.

Close-up of an irrigation system.

(Photo via Shutterstock)


Water can be therapeutic. Whether it’s the rolling waves of an ocean, the current of a river or even the clouds up above – which are made of clusters of water droplets – watching water calms us.

Scenic view of water at Isle a la Cache.

Isle a la Cache Preserve (Photo by Chris Cheng)


Many of the towns we live in were built near water sources. Oceans, rivers, streams and lakes make up some of our geographical boundaries. They also allow for water transportation and commerce and provide food and other resources.

Aerial view of Rock Run Rookery.

Rock Run Rookery Preserve (Photo by Chad Merda)


Water is fun! Check out the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s Recreation Page to find all the places you can fish, boat, kayak or canoe in the Will County preserves. While there, look for programs that will teach you those activities or trails that will take you to the District’s lakes, rivers and streams.

Two kayakers out on the water.

(Photo by Chad Merda)

(Lead image of Snapper Pond at Goodenow Grove Nature Preserve by Chad Merda)


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