The Hare Minimum: Rain, man   Leave a comment

Following five years of critical drought in most of the Western US, strong snowfalls this past winter – following up with heavy rain in the Spring (it’s El Niño! Or, due to it’s strength, maybe this year it’s El Hombre!!) – is now resulting in above-average water levels in most man-made and natural reservoirs; and higher-than-usual amount of river stage (the amount of water in a flowing body, such as a river or stream); and streamflow (how fast that water is moving). So, while all this water is welcome and needed, this could now lead to floods as some types of soil have become too parched to absorb the same amount of water they held years ago and rather than water soaking in and being held like a sponge, excess water could lead to mud-slides and dangerous water levels.

Yet a return to normal water amounts means it’s time to celebrate, but not necessarily by having a pool party; water’s a finite resource, and while there may be more of it now for us to use there’s definite limits when millions of people are depending upon a limited amount of water. So rather than washing our cars every week or watering the lawn while it’s raining (really?!), maybe the best way to celebrate is by drinking a large glass of water as we enjoy the new Spring greenness. Because humans aren’t the only species that depend on water.

At ValleyHill middle school, PE instructor Mr. Lapstead believes that drought or no drought, nothing will interfere with his 'safety swimming with a buddy' class.

At ValleyHill middle school, PE instructor Mr. Lapstead believes that drought or no drought, nothing will interfere with his ‘safety swimming with a buddy’ class.

Posted April 10, 2016 by ECOVIA eco-adventure® in The Hare minimum

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