Water – drainage in an environmental issue

I have heard the old saying that water and oil do not mix. But do not be surprised if they play their role as vital assets in the same sandbox.

Look at our neighbors in the western United States, specifically Las Vegas, Nevada, to gauge how important water is at the moment.

Water? Same value as natural assets like oil? Who would have thought that so?

In fact, a hundred years ago, President Theodore Teddy Roosevelt did. “A nation behaves well if it deals with its natural resources as the value of assets to be transferred to the next generation increases, not value.”

This famous quotation by President Roosevelt in 1907 to the United States Congress was one of the many examples of Oracle for a man before the bad individual and industrial habits of his generation. His speeches revealed an intellectual understanding of conservation and environmental management. I've been motivated.

Rowing forward 100 years and signs of increased water appreciation raise their heads and overlooking your wallet.

Depending on which area in the United States, you will flip the tap to determine if this is a good thing.

Let's deal with the bad side of the issue first. One example of something bad is the email that arrived in my inbox yesterday from a homeowner in central Florida, saying the water bill has jumped to $ 314.12 this month.

That's more than I paid to fill my car with gasoline in the last three months.

Example: Jack Daniels and Las Vegas

A quick look through your local and national news source and you'll see a variety of water deficit indicators that have emerged across the United States.

A drop in water levels in Tennessee threatens Jack Daniel's distillery where water conservation is in full swing.

Beyond the west in the sandy desert, the Hoover Dam in Nevada is located 107 feet from its traditional level. The population of the Colorado area is growing rapidly from the recovery of the 1950s, 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, according to Bob Walsh, a foreign affairs officer for the Lower Colorado area of ​​the US Reclamation Office. The office manages the dam, which includes services to Southern Nevada, Southern California and Arizona – Lower Colorado River Basin area circles.

Nevada, Arizona, Southern California; I image a sandbox. It's in the desert. What did they expect?

This sandbox scenario may be why they are advancing in the curve in reshaping the end-user's tolerance and how much of these valuable natural assets they consume. Do you think the common choice is grass-free grass? Can you imagine?

Give up the grass

Bob Walsh was promoted from his former home with a "small" amount of grass to a "grassless" home in Nevada. In discussing our very different cultures, Bob reminded me that in the United States, a typical suburban family of one family uses at least 30 percent of outdoor water for irrigation purposes, according to the EPA.

Some experts estimate that more than 50 percent of landscape water use goes to waste due to evaporation or runoff caused by over-irrigation, according to the EPA.

The grass-free landscape is far from the subject of Michael Pollan's book, Second Nature (Dell Publishing 1991), where "a democratic system can deal with non-voters much more easily than a democratic landscape can deal with non-mower." The famous way of life in water conservation described by Bob Walsh for the Western Region is a very different model from what I have seen in the far southeast.

Policy can be formulated at the local, state, and federal levels. But how do we really motivate change for the user? Rewarded or punished?

Show me the coins

Las Vegas rewards homeowners with cash to remove grass from their landscapes. The Las Vegas Water Valley District website provides information on several discounts and coupons for their patrons. By upgrading the existing grass to a new water landscape, participants receive a discount of $ 2 per square foot for the first 1500 square feet of grass converted to xeriscape. Areas over 1500 square feet get $ 1 per square foot.

Cha Qing. There is a fine line between manipulation and motivation. Nevada has set a good example for us to follow.

No matter where you live, it's time to notice how important water is to you and the landscape. According to the EPA, there is a reason why water is a national priority. A recent government survey showed that at least 36 states expect water shortages at the local, regional or state levels by 2013. But by using water more efficiently, we can help maintain water supplies for future generations, save money, and protect the environment. .

How can you engage people who have not felt the impact of this resource?

Answer: Cash.

Depending on where you live, this may mean taking advantage of a very current environmental problem.