Today we went on a long walk and picnic-ed on a sandy beach on the river to soak up some of that sun and fresh air and negative ions and general all-around goodness that comes from rivers and such. I gotta say, we live a charmed life…
Our river is in big demand from all different segments of our community, from kayakers and tubers to farmers, dog walkers and developers. One point of contention is the belief that we should be pushing growth and providing for future water needs with a dam on this river.
From American Rivers :
This flow of snow melt enlivens huge areas of land, and sustains an unfathomable number of interrelated organisms that work in synergy to create our local environment. If we lose this resource to the demands of developers and builders, what could we possibly receive to compensate for it?
Estimated Use of Water in the United States in 2000:
Total water withdrawals by category, 2000.
Domestic use is at about 1%, maybe 2% and then you see agriculture/irrigation at over 30%, and then you see thermoelectric at 48% of total water withdrawal! Here in my corner of the world, there are farmers that grow food for humans, and farmers that grow food for animals. I’m not sure what the statistics are, but I can tell you that the percentage of farms that grow human food is so tiny compared to the percentage that grow alfalfa, hay and feed (field?) corn. I mean, you don’t see acres and acres of fruits and vegetables around, but you can usually see lots of bright green alfalfa or corn.
We’re wondering how we can feed and water the humans that already live here, yet now I hear that we need to plan for “development”?
The resources we need are here, but the priority list for who gets them and at what price is not oriented to people, to human needs, but to profitability and prior use and historical precedence.
More water rants coming soon…