JSF it is always threatening to have someone think outside of the box of
unsustainable population growth. Utah's quality of life and severe water
shortages should be addressed now not when it reaches crisis status. Packing
people in like sardines and then experiencing horrible air quality are expected
results not something unexpected or unforseen.
Actually, we do live in a desert. Utah is the second driest state in the
country.It's past time for home owners to switch to low water
use landscaping and for local agencies to offer incentives for lower water use.
Utah's Water Agencies must be having alot of sleepless nights these days.
Not only from this winter's poor winter precipitation, but also the
prospect that Utah's Population will double in the next 40 years. Where
will the additional water come from to support that future population? Paying
water users to rip out their English Garden lawns would be a good start. Think
Mesquite and Las Vegas xeriscapes. I think the Des-News staff needs
to start asking these questions now. The answers may not be pretty. But the
Cliff Dwellers of Mesa Verde had to deal with this same issue a 1,000 years ago
AND look how it turned out for them.
The first two posts bring a little of LOL out. first "New to Utah" says
we should reign in unsustainable growth, to do that we should not have allowed
you into the state. Would you leave to get that sustainable growth? The next on
says "technically we don't live in a desert..." no technically we
are absolutely living in a desert. The mountains may not be but from the
foothills to the pilot mountain it is called the Great Salt Lake Desert. Less
than eight inches of rain annually.
It was a strange winter, tons of moisture in the valleys but very little in the
mountains, My neighbor has already started watering his lawn twice a
day every day of the week. It's a complete waste, but when irrigation water
is charged at a flat rate, there is little incentive to change your habits.I would love to see a trend where we don't landscape our entire
yards in water guzzling grass. Native vegetation can be quite pretty if done
right, and use a ton less water. If anyone knows the numbers I would love to
know what percentage of our water usage goes towards lawn care.
Water shortages and rationing should be expected. Utah should reign in itsUnsustainable growth and live within the parameters mother nature and common