The rain in Spain -well I only know about the rains in the Southwestern USA
As rain pours out of the skies like someone opened the heavenly dam over the Southwestern and Southern California arid lands, the waste of this so precious and scarce natural resource is too obvious. These desert areas have been in drought for twenty years, but have we built reservoirs to channel this glorious gifts from on high? Of course not even though this is the first serious rain these areas have seen in eight months to a year and the water table is many feet lower than it should be.
Now the ground is saturated and the cities and the locals have generally not developed any rain water catch systems to trap this liquid gold for future use so much of it runs down the river beds toward Mexico.
“This was a high-impact event,” said Brian Klimowski, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Flagstaff. “It was a storm that impacted all of Arizona with flooding and very heavy snow, certainly ranking in the top five of all-time snow or rain events for the state.”
On the other side of the world there is another water issue, Ethiopia’s Gilgel Gibe III dam is due for completion in 2013. It is being built on the main tributary Omo river. This branch of the Omo river supplies Lake Turkana with 80 percent of the water. It is located on the Kenya-Ethiopia border. The dam and it has a 240 meter is the tallest of its type anywhere in the world. It will hold back a reservoir 150 kilometers long (93.21miles).
Dams in generally ruin the natural balance of local flora and fauna the life. The Ethiopian dam is no different. The initial assessment survey of necessity was flawed. It wreaks of payoff and not surprisingly came up with the exact results the powers that be structure wanted. No surprises.
During the two years it will take to fill the dam reservoir Lake Turkana will recede, increasing its salinity, damaging the local economy, degrading biodiversity and increasing the risk of cross-border conflicts. The reservoir will flood the areas on both sides of its ban and its wildlife will have to go elsewhere.
Around 300,000 fishermen and herders depend on Lake Turkana, while hundreds of thousands more, mainly farmers, rely on the Omo’s annual flooding for river bank cultivation and grazing of livestock.
So what are we doing to create sustainable water reservoirs around the world in harmony with nature? Protecting and supporting rather than doing only what works for one country. We need a world green team must become the popular way.
Yes, government should take a more proactive roll, but this is in our hands to do. Every house should have a simple rain water collection system to take care of any outside or in house plant watering needs. If you need help contact Nature’s Crusaders to help you.
Excerpts courtesy of http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100123/ap_on_re_us/us_stormy_weather
Excerpts courtesy of http://www.terradaily.com//Ethiopian_dam.html
Excerpts courtesy of http://richardleakey.wildlifedirect.org/the-gibe-iii-dam-must-be-stopped
Excerpts courtesy of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gilgel_Gibe_River
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