by Dan Carney
Imagine making the journey from Bangkok, Thailand, to Lake Lagunitas!
On May 2, that’s exactly what a group of students and professors did as part of an ongoing educational exchange program between Thammasat and Dominican Universities. Twenty-five graduate students joined MMWD’s Mike Swezy and Charlene Burgi on a two-hour interpretive walk around the lake.
The topics of water quality, environmental management, and conservation were of keen interest to the students, who explained there is tremendous need for environmental restoration and water system improvements in Thailand.
The students were fascinated with every aspect of the flora and fauna, and how people interact with the ecosystem. In fact, they asked so many insightful questions, even a watershed veteran like Mike commented afterwards, “I was afraid I was going to run out of things to say.”
Watching the students taking pictures, and touching the water and redwood trees with awe, reminded me of how fortunate we are to have this protected natural treasure right in our own backyard.