Posted by: greeningwashington | April 21, 2009

Rain, Rain, Come Our Way

 

Texas Drought

Texas Drought

Texas’ summers are brutal. Hot, muggy nights, thirsty mosquitoes, what could be worse?

Well, how about a drought?

Last week government agencies reported that Texas is facing some of the most severe droughts in the nation. Central Texas along with the Gulf Coast regions have been most affected. The severe droughts have upset the region’s ecological balance and threaten coastal wildlife including oysters, crabs and whooping cranes, the most endangered crane species.

According to academic and government monitors, the intensity of the droughts in Texas are much greater than this time last year. In fact, the droughts are the driest on record for Texas and are currently the worst in the U.S. 

Currently there are only 270 whooping-cranes that exist in the wild and 23 of them died this spring due to hunger and disease brought on by dry weather, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

One of our very own is in the news, Sammy Ray, who has studied oysters in the Gulf Coast for 60 years, is Professor Emeritus for Marine Biology at the Texas A&M Galveston. Ray told the Washington Post,

“One or two days of rain won’t make a difference. In two weeks from now you might not even notice it had rained,” he said.

Warmer weather is expected throughout much of the Southwest this summer.

In California, effective July 1, the board of directors of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California will reduce the water supply for the first time since 1991.

 Scientists at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography report that the current rate of usage of the Colorado River water by seven states is unsustainable. This has prompted many states in the West to cut back on water supplies.

The scientists’ study found that with a 20 percent reduction in runoff, by 2050 nearly 9 of every 10 scheduled deliveries would be missed. Meaning that with warmer weather, less water will be available to the states.

Whose idea was it to build that sinful city in the middle of the desert anyway?

In all seriousness, water is such a precious resource that is vital for human survival.

According to Word Water Aid and UNICEF, 884 million people in the world do not have access to safe water. This is roughly one in eight of the world’s population.

Only three percent of the world’s water is freshwater. And even then, most water is polluted to some extent.

Do you really think your tap water is pure? If so, think again. Salts, minerals, and other low level toxics in amounts we can tolerate are left in tap water.

Chlorine, Fecal Coliform and E coli (animal wastes), Combined Radium 226/228 (causes cancer in the long run), etc.

Water is a precious resource.

One solution is to conserve more water. Turn off your sprinkler system after a rainstorm. Don’t wash one piece of clothing in the washing machine.

Another is to spend more tax dollars on improving water quality and conservation systems in the U.S.

Until next time.

 

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