Drought of 2012: What you need to know

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  • Dektol Powell, OH
    Aug. 18, 2012 3:19 p.m.

    Drought means less water and higher food prices. Not too difficult to express that, but then I don't have to fill column inches with the obvious.

  • chaliceman Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 18, 2012 8:23 a.m.

    Yes, we are mandated to be good stewards of the planet. If we could use more renewables in our energy production, like solar PV, wind and geo thermal, we would not need so much water to run our coal fired utility plants which consume rivers of water, contaminate them, kill and sicken the fish in them with high levels of mercury and pollute our atmosphere with noxious fumes which result in asthma in children and higher CO2 levels which result in climatic change (can anyone say 'worst drought in 50 years'), acidification of the ocean, melting of the ice caps and raising ocean levels. Let's do as we are commanded and protect our planet, our water, all of its life including ours. Implementing renewable energy resources is not a political decision, it is an environmental, financial and moral choice.

  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    Aug. 18, 2012 3:51 a.m.

    Kudo's for what? All they did was repeat 3rd hand information of what we already know from other sources.

    It would be helpful if the educated representative of the water conservancy districts would step up and tell us the real facts and real truths about our ecology and damages and the plans to stabilize damages for future use and limitations on water use. The state water conservancy agency's with the real knowledge of drought conditions and what to expect are held mum and silent, why? We have every kind of organization and lobbyist making predictions and speculations and the experts are silent?

    Like fire, drought does have its place in the ecology and in combination it helps cleans the earth of excessive abundance of old with new. New fertilizer, new grass, new feed and carbon water filters cleansing for all beasts. It's all good, we just have to adjust, overcome, and conquer the changes. We tend to forget that these natural events do and will happen and we tend to ignore fact and neglect to prepare for them. Natural selection is a stress test for man and beast to filter populations of the weak.

  • Shelama SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Aug. 17, 2012 10:34 a.m.

    "For the earth is full, and there is enough and to spare; yea, I prepared all things, and have given unto the children of men..."

    Not to worry. All is well, all is well.

  • Nancy L.V. Las Vegas, NV
    Aug. 17, 2012 10:01 a.m.

    Thank you for your very infomative article. The mainstream media reports the drought as a matter of fact; on the otherhand, Deseret News leads the way in not only reporting it but also educating people as to the impact this can have on them and how to prepare. Kudos to Ms. Donoghue and D.N.!