Problems in the Bitterroot valley include increasing population, immigration, decreasing quality of water, poor air quality, forest fires, toxic waste, and climate change among other things.Some of these problems such as forest fires are problems that occur naturally, however humans have made them worse. Other problems, such as toxic waste, are completely man made.
I believe that the Bitterroot valley can be used as a model to look at environmental issues to an extent. Looking at toxic waste in particular, we can see how our government handles complex environmental issues without a simple solution. This also holds true for forest fires, because we can see how we handle them, and sometimes make them worse, which also leads to better solutions for handling these events. The Bitterroot valley is also unique in the fact that there are so many environmental problems in a small area, which offers an opportunity for many great minds to come together and collaborate. There is also the interesting idea that environmental damages must happen in order for a society to progress. Timber for example, is a necessity; it’s used in houses, buildings, and to make paper. The effect that logging has had on the environment is detrimental, however is a necessary evil for humans. I believe that this idea of a necessary evil applies to everywhere else in the world, and the Bitterroot valley is as good of a place as any research ways to make necessary evils as “unevil” as possible because of the impact mining and logging industry has had in the area.