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S: Teh poluted puddle

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FC: The Polluted Puddle | By Sneha Shankar

1: The Polluted Puddle

2: Intro | Water is a scarce resource in most of the world. 97% of the water on Earth is salt water, which can't be used for drinking or watering crops. So when fresh water is polluted, we can't use it and there is not enough fresh water for everyone.

3: Once upon a time there was a little girl who lived in a small town near a lake.

4: The sight of the lake was very beautiful,the town was growing and soon industries,mines,and other businesses started popping up around the town.

5: The waste from these businesses started washing into the lake, causing the water to become polluted.

6: One day Crystal decided to take a walk, while she walking around town she noticed that the lake had changed color.She looked into a clouded brown surface of what use to be the crystal clear lake which she was named after.

7: Crystal was upset and decided to continue her walk, when she suddenly came across a puddle. This puddle was the only puddle that hadn't been polluted and inside Crystal found a little fish that was about three inches long. After further inspection she found that it was the endangered fish vermilion darter.The fish was orange, blue, and green.The fish was only found in the Jefferson county of Alabama, so it was rare to see it in her small town.

8: Crystal loved the fish so much she decided to take it with her. When she was walking home, she passed a local fisherman who was a friend of hers. He offered to weigh the fish for her, and told her that it weighed about 10.63 grams and that it was becoming endangered because of the water quality becoming horrible. He told her that the fish usually ate crane flies.

9: Later, after some thinking, Crystal thought she should let the fish go back to its puddle again. When she walked over to the puddle, she saw that the puddle was polluted. Crystal couldn't believe her eyes, she didn't know how the little puddle could have become polluted so fast, after all it had only been a few hours.

10: Crystal finally came to a decision, she knew that she couldn't leave the town like this. So, she decided to make posters and try to make the people of her town aware of the situation.

11: After a few days, the people of the town decided to take action and go to the mayor. They were all inspired by Crystal's enthusiasm to save the water.

12: The mayor made an announcement the next day that there was nothing that anyone could do; they couldn't save the lake, but this didn't stop Crystal. She got a brilliant idea at that very minute that would change the town in ways no one would have imagined

13: Crystal and the rest of the town decided to keep the water cleaner by having proper sewage treatments. They even convinced the other businesses to reduce the amount of pollution, clean up gasoline, oil spills, and produce less harmful waste. Some of the local farmers even decided to use alternatives to toxic pesticides and fertilizers. People all over town were recycling and doing everything they could to save the town.

14: Everyone thought that Crystal was brilliant for trying to save the water, but Crystal knew that there was a bigger reason why she did it. She did it for the endangered fish that she found and she knew that she had to save it. So the day came when Crystal made her speech to the town and she told them all about the vermilion darter fish and the town decided to save the species.

15: From that day on everyone was focused on keeping the water clean which led to an increase in the population of the vermilion darter fish. After a year the town's lake was populated with the fish and the lake became crystal clear again, and the town even decided to use the vermilion darters as their town mascot. From then on, the town had changed and they couldn't have done it without the help from Crystal.

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