Friday, May 27, 2011

Wasting fresh water in a land of plenty

 

It’s difficult to get folks in the Rochester, NY region worked up about wasting fresh water.  We look around and we are surrounded by the Great Lakes, the Finger Lakes, and several rivers.  But that’s an illusion. 

Though there is a lot of fresh water, Climate Change is going to change our water.  Other folks in other areas are going to want our water, though if more than 1 % of doesn’t get back into the Great Lakes Water Basin, our weather will change and so will our lake levels.  

You don’t have to take my word for it, check this out: Great Lakes Communities and Ecosystems at Risk | Union of Concerned Scientists

And, there’s the moral argument that we who have so much fresh water should not be wasting it when billions are in dire need of fresh water.  This conundrum is going to get worse. 

Find out how much water you are wasting, but going here:

MONDAY MASHUP: Calculate your water footprint | Great Lakes Echo "Harvard Graduate School of Design students Joseph Bergen and Nickie Huang are asking you to calculate your water footprint for World Water Day 2011. The students are winners of Visualizing.org and Circle of Blue’s World Water Day data visualization challenge. The data design website and Traverse City, Mich.-based water news organization posed a challenge in February—find some urban water data and design a way to help others visualize urban water trends and issues. " (March 28, 2011)

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