Friday, 3 May 2013

Drought in California, Dry Days Here: What's the Future of Water Resoures

A friend in California just wrote about their extended drought, just as the first news of brush and grass fires make the news.  I spent a couple of hours this morning working in our yard, and while the snow has only been out for two weeks, already the ground is pretty dry.
Which brings up the problems of water management, a subject that we are going to have to care more about if we're going to weather the climate changes ahead of us.

Quite clearly water storage during bountiful years and snow melt will be necessary, but where?  Dams may be part of the answer but The New York Times today has an interesting story about replenishing aquifers as a partial solution.  The idea is that underground water storage reduces evaporation considerably, and does not change the landscape the way dams do.  Both Florida and Holland have projects underway with promising results.

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