Monday, October 29, 2007

A little dry humor

David Seaton's News Links
Above is a picture of a golf course in the middle of a desert. Take a close look, because when someday in the future you tell your grandchildren that at the beginning of the 21rst century, millions of liters of drinking water were used so that people could hit a little ball around in the middle of a desert with a stick, they are going to think that you have Alzheimer. DS

Much of U.S. Could See a Water Shortage - Associated Press
Abstract: An epic drought in Georgia threatens the water supply for millions. Florida doesn't have nearly enough water for its expected population boom. The Great Lakes are shrinking. Upstate New York's reservoirs have dropped to record lows. And in the West, the Sierra Nevada snowpack is melting faster each year. Across America, the picture is critically clear - the nation's freshwater supplies can no longer quench its thirst. The government projects that at least 36 states will face water shortages within five years because of a combination of rising temperatures, drought, population growth, urban sprawl, waste and excess. "Is it a crisis? If we don't do some decent water planning, it could be," said Jack Hoffbuhr, executive director of the Denver-based American Water Works Association.(...) "We've hit a remarkable moment," said Barry Nelson, a senior policy analyst with the Natural Resources Defense Council. "The last century was the century of water engineering. The next century is going to have to be the century of water efficiency." The price tag for ensuring a reliable water supply could be staggering. Experts estimate that just upgrading pipes to handle new supplies could cost the nation $300 billion over 30 years. "Unfortunately, there's just not going to be any more cheap water," said Randy Brown, Pompano Beach's utilities director.(...) Australia is in the midst of a 30-year dry spell, and population growth in urban centers of sub-Saharan Africa is straining resources. Asia has 60 percent of the world's population, but only about 30 percent of its freshwater. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a United Nations network of scientists, said this year that by 2050 up to 2 billion people worldwide could be facing major water shortages.(...) Coastal states like Florida and California face a water crisis not only from increased demand, but also from rising temperatures that are causing glaciers to melt and sea levels to rise. Higher temperatures mean more water lost to evaporation. And rising seas could push saltwater into underground sources of freshwater.(...) "We just passed a crossroads. The chief water sources are basically gone," said John Mulliken, director of water supply for the South Florida Water Management District. "We really are at a critical moment in Florida history."(...) Californians use nearly 23 trillion gallons of water a year, much of it coming from Sierra Nevada snowmelt. But climate change is producing less snowpack and causing it to melt prematurely, jeopardizing future supplies. Experts also say the Colorado River, which provides freshwater to seven Western states, will probably provide less water in coming years as global warming shrinks its flow.(...) "The need to reduce water waste and inefficiency is greater now than ever before," said Benjamin Grumbles, assistant administrator for water at the Environmental Protection Agency. "Water efficiency is the wave of the future." READ IT ALL

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

You might be interested in this: [sorry. I don't know how to link].

http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/
October 29, 2007 Thicker than Water

I think I'll go hose-off the driveway.

Pete Bogs said...

golf courses in the desert... what a waste of natural resources... no wonder Bush loves the sport so much!

daize said...

I think there are something like 80 golf courses in the Palm Springs area -Dave

Anonymous said...

Meanwhile, yahoos like Georgia's governor think the answer lies in...prayer:

http://tinyurl.com/2qe483

Anonymous said...

What is with you water-hugging liberals and your class warfare? Please move on to more dangerous issues like gay marriage or the war on Xmas.

F. said...

Golf courses in non-desert areas can be a problem too.

Tearing up native grasses, trees and shrubs, and filling in wetlands in favor of lawns and sand traps is NOT good for the environment. Golf courses use large amounts of pesticides, herbicides and fertilizer, which drain into rivers, streams and the water table. The golf industry has destroyed vast areas of bird and wildlife habitat.

If you are a golfer and a birder, you are a hypocrite.

Anonymous said...

Wow, you think they use drinking water on golf courses? Here in AZ the use reclaimed waste water whenever they can. Stop spreading irrational fear. Thanks.

AZ:
"Since golf courses use a lot of water, Scottsdale has developed strategies to minimize the impact they have on our water supplies. Scottsdale reclaims wastewater at the Water Campus, treating the water to irrigation standards. Golf courses pay all the costs to receive this reclaimed water for irrigation through the Reclaimed Water Delivery System (RWDS), which is the largest reclaimed water reuse system in the Valley.

The RWDS delivers reclaimed water, and some CAP water, to all golf courses along Pima Road north of the Loop 101. In addition, Council policy requires that any future golf courses must provide their own renewable surface water supply in order to locate in Scottsdale."

Vegas: "Homeowners use 65 percent of the area's water, and of that 75 percent is used outdoors, Bennett said. Golf courses use only 5 percent of the water."

California: "Recycled water is used in parks, medians and golf courses in Roseville. It's not for drinking, but it's perfect for irrigating grass, plants and trees. Best of all, its great for the environment because it lets us keep the grass and plants green without having to use drinking water."

Anonymous said...

Yea, but Tempe now has a town lake. And Mesa, Az. just approved a water park, (with town bond money-35 million!) using billions of gallons of ground water.
Arizona is the most insane state I've ever lived in. And yea, its a red, red state.

Yavapai county was found to be water mining, meaning they were using more water than was being replenished. So new regulations were put into effect saying developers must prove at least 100 years of water supply for their housing project.
The county gave the developers a 6 month time frame, they all applied for and were approved thousands of developments that would fall outside the new regulations.

I have a ten acre lake, using groundwater, in a development near my house. This gated community also banned solar panels, saying they were aesthetically harmfull.

When golf courses talk about using CAP water, that is water from the Colorado river.