This story was collected as part of a collaborative effort to record the state of American lakes, rivers, and waterways as well an attempt to uncover what water means to Americans. Listen to other stories recorded for the Be Here: Main Street project, a collaboration with the MuseWeb Foundation to record stories from rural America.
How does our pace change the way we see our place? Have you ever slowed down, and if so, what did you notice?
Lowell Deede is a resident of Detroit Lakes Minnesota. When he retired, he started walking for exercise. He decided to walk every county road in Becker County, and began noticing things about how water moves, and what happens to water on land. In this story, originally gathered for the We Are Water MN project from the Minnesota Humanities Center, in conjunction with Museum on Main Street's Water/Ways exhibition, Lowell talks about how this experience led him to become a Citizen Water Quality monitor with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.