Hiring Guards to Protect River Catchment Areas

One of the ways in which river catchment areas can be protected is by hiring guards. The guards’ responsibility would be to ensure that people don’t undertake prohibited activities in the river catchment areas. The guards would, for instance, ensure that people don’t build on the river catchment areas. The guards would also ensure that people don’t cut the trees in the river catchment areas, among other duties.

Before hiring guards to protect river catchment areas, it is important to figure out where the money to pay them would be coming from. The money can be drawn from local taxes. Or the non-governmental organizations whose work revolves around environmental conservation can chip in…

Having secured the money to be paying the guards, the next step would that of actually recruiting the guards. This may just be  a question of creating an ad, announcing that you are seeking to hire guards for river catchment areas, and inviting interested people to apply. Then you can shortlist the applicants, subject the shortlisted candidates to interviews, and ultimately hire the best ones.

After recruiting the guards, it would be necessary to give them the training they need to be efficient in protecting the river catchment areas.

Once the guards are fully trained, the next step would be to deploy them, to protect the river catchment areas. And having deployed the guards, it would be necessary to create a supervisory framework for them. The goal here would be to ensure that the guards do their work effectively.  It would also be important to ensure that the guards are treated decently in their line of work, if they are to be effective and loyal in their duties. This means giving the guards instructions in a respectful manner, and correcting them respectively when they fail. It also means paying them in a timely manner. You should even consider setting up a portal, where they can be accessing their paystubs, work schedules and benefits information online. The portal can be modeled in a manner similar to the UPSers portal (the one for UPS employees). The said portal is designed to be accessed through the UPSers login page. Upon entering the portal’s URL into their browsers, the Upsers (that is, people who work at UPS) are taken to the login page, where upon signing in, they are able to access their work-related details. You can set up a similar portal for the guards you employ to guard the river catchment areas. The goal would be to get the guards to develop a feeling that theirs is a genuine job – as good as any other. That would be important in being able to retain them in the long run.

Using Legislation to Protect River Catchment Areas

One of the ways in which river catchment areas can be protected is through legislation. If people can’t be persuaded not to abuse river catchment areas, they may have to be forced. And in that case, the starting point would be in legislation: where, firstly, laws are created outlawing certain activities on the river catchment areas. Then, if the laws are enforced in a consistent manner, the end result would be a situation where the river catchment areas would be well protected. The specific steps to be followed when seeking to use legislation to protect river catchment areas include:

  1. Lobbying legislators: if the legislation to protect the river catchment areas is to pass, it will have to be supported by the legislators. And for the legislators to support it, they will have to see the point in it. To get the legislators to see the point in it, you have to lobby. You can do the lobbying by yourself. Or you can engage professional lobbyists to do it for you.
  2. Drafting the legislation proposal: here, you start by identifying the ways in which the river catchment areas need to be protected. Then you draft legislation in a manner that addresses all the areas of concern. You can do the drafting by yourself. Or you can opt to pay a professional legal drafter to do the drafting for you. The drafting work is not likely to be costly. It may actually turn out to be the sort of thing you can finance comfortably using your paycheck. As such, you may check your employer’s Securitas Epaytalx paperless guide, and discover that your paychecks are supposed to be ready by the 30th of every month. Subsequently, you may go to the Securitasepay login screen and sign in, only to find that your paycheck is ready. You’d then be in a position to use the money to finance the drafting of the legislation. All this would, of course, only apply if you opted to pay a professional to draft the legislation for you.
  3. Having the legislation passed: if you were successful in lobbying the legislators to support the legislation, you should have no difficulty in having it passed.
  4. Getting people to know about the legislation: once the legislation is passed, you will need to get people to know about it. That is the only way they can start respecting it. So the most important thing here is to create publicity around the new legislation, and the kinds of activities it outlaws.
  5. Having the legislation enforced: it may be necessary to create a specialized law enforcement agency, to enforce the new legislation. Alternatively, the existing law enforcement agencies can be tasked to enforce the new legislation (as part of their expanded mandate).

Fencing River Catchment Areas

One way to protect river catchment areas is by fencing them. If all other methods of protecting river catchment areas fail, then, as a last resort, they have to be fenced. Otherwise there is the possibility of the rivers that are supported by the catchment areas drying up. The process of fencing off the river catchment areas entails:

Identifying the river catchment areas

This is not as easy as it sounds. River catchment areas tend to be wide, and identifying the delicate spots that need to be protected by way of fencing can be quite hard. Matters are not made any easier by the fact that people may already have encroached on the delicate spots. This would mean that they first have to evicted, before proceeding with the fencing work.

Securing funds to finance the fencing project

Fencing a river catchment area is likely to be expensive. Money has to be spent buying the fencing materials, and paying the people who will be erecting the fence. So securing the necessary funds will probably not be as simple as, say, going to the First Premier Bank credit card login page, accessing your account, and withdrawing a few thousand bucks for the project. On the contrary, securing the necessary funds to finance the fencing of a river catchment area may entail having to lobby the local government. Or it may entail having to get local companies to finance the project as part of the corporate social responsibility.

Buying the fencing materials:

Once you manage to secure the funds to finance the fencing project, the next task will be that of buying the fencing materials. It will be a better idea to order for all the materials you need for the entire project at once (in bulk), in order to benefit from the economies of scale and to receive bulk discounts.

Doing the actual fencing work:

You may decide to hire people directly, to do the actual fencing work. Alternatively, you may opt to engage a contractor, who can then come with his people to erect the fence. You have to understand that putting up a proper fence requires certain skills. It is not as easy as it looks. If you lack the skills to do it the right way, then you may have no choice but to engage a contractor to do it for you.

How to Ensure That People Don’t Build on River Catchment Areas

One of the best ways to protect our rivers is by ensuring that people don’t build on river catchment areas. River catchment areas tend to be quite delicate. This is especially the case for rivers whose original catchment areas are mountain springs, those that emanate from forests and those that rise from riparian zones. But most people are not aware of the delicate nature of river catchment areas. Given a chance, some people will go ahead and build on such areas – without caring about what happens to the rivers downstream. Therefore certain measures have to be taken, to ensure that people don’t build on river catchment areas.

One way to ensure that people don’t build on river catchment areas is through legislation. That is by putting in place a law that makes it illegal for people to build in such areas. This should entail lobbying the legislators, to place such a law on the legislative agenda.

Another way to ensure that people don’t build on river catchment areas is by simply fencing off the river catchment areas, and turning them into ‘protected zones’. Then people who trespass into the said river catchment areas can be held to account.

Yet another way to ensure that people don’t build on river catchment areas is by educating them — so as to get them to understand why they shouldn’t build on such areas. People are generally good and rational — and if they are shown why something isn’t in their best interests, they will tend to avoid it. I experienced this first hand when CVS was introducing its online HR portal: which is also known as myhr CVS caremark. Once people were educated on the advantages they stood to get from such a system, they embraced it wholeheartedly. Similarly, if the people are shown why it is not in their best interests to build on river catchment areas, they will tend to desist from doing so. This approach is cheaper than trying to fence off all the river catchment areas, especially the ones that are expansive. It is also cheaper than deploying guards to ensure that people don’t trespass into the river catchment areas.

How to Protect River Catchment Areas

River catchment areas need special protection. If the river catchment areas are not properly protected, it is easy for the rivers that depend on them to dry up. And when rivers dry up, the consequences are not good. If , for instance, any specific river dries up, the people who depend on its waters end up being in great difficulty. It is important to appreciate that even in the most advanced nations, huge populations of people still depend on river water to a great extent. It is just that the water is not drawn directly from the rivers. Rather, it is dammed, and then treated, before being pumped to the people who need it. But it still comes from rivers. Furthermore, if rivers dry up due to poor protection of the catchment areas, the flora and fauna in the rivers would also be greatly endangered. That can be disastrous, from an ecological point of view. Given these sorts of facts, it becomes clear that the protection of river catchment areas is a high priority undertaking. The question that arises is as to how the river catchment areas can be protected.

There are three obvious steps that need to be taken, in terms of river catchment areas protection.

Firstly, the river catchment areas need to be identified. Every river has a catchment area. Some rivers emanate from mountain springs. Others emanate from lakes (as outlets to the lakes). Others still emanate from forests… and so on. The catchment areas have to be identified.

Secondly, after identifying the river catchment areas, the relevant protection measures need to be identified. That is, the specific things that need to be done, to protect those catchment areas. Environmental science specialists, ecologists, hydrologists and other relevant experts can provide the advice.

Thirdly, the river catchment protection measures that are identified need to be implemented consistently. Procedures and standards need to be developed, to ensure that those measures are consistently implemented, so as to protect the river catchment areas.