Tag Archives: groundwater

Running out of water – across the nation

Americans, especially in the southern Great Plains states, are finding out the hard way just how valuable water is to life today. It’s not pretty, but the descriptions in this article are full of grit and despair.

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EPA implicates fracking in pollution

So, the obvious (to my mind) connection has finally been verified by the Environmental Protection Agency. Of course, the finding will do nothing to help restore habitat that’s already been fragmented and wiped out by dozing, trucking, clearcut logging, etc.

The Ogalla aquifer and T. Boone Pickens: Water anyone?

I familiarized myself with this six-state aquifer (a groundwater pool) while on reserve duty at Headquarters Strategic Air Command near Omaha, Neb. You walk around — on land, parking lot, whatever — and you are walking on the Ogalla. And this aquifer has long been in trouble because withdrawals exceed regeneration rates. Here’s a piece about T. Boone Pickens, who just happens to own the rights to a lot of Ogalla water.

Land conservation for San Antonio, Texas

I never knew this until I visited theplace, but there is a second San Antonio out there, in southcentral New Mexico to be exact. Just down the road a piece from Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, a prime winter birding locale. But that’s getting off the topic of this post. And that is preserving open, natural land. And the city of San Antonio in south Texas (I once lived there as an airman in the air Force at Lackland AFB) does it by taking one-eighth of one percent of every sales tax penny and devoting it to buying land or conservation easements. The reason is simple: San Antonio gets its water from the Edwards aquifer. And the less wild nature there is the less recharge of the aquifer there is. Simple. Read about how San Antonio is investing in the land right here.

Now up for gas drillers: Delaware River watershed

More habitat fragmentation, more noise pollution, less and less cold water for coldwater fish, less quality habitat for forest-interior songbirds, more habitat fragmentation, more despoiling of natural lands. But hey, it’s progress, right?

Here’s a Wilkes-Barre paper’s take on the whole mess.