Every day there is an article in the newspaper or on the TV about the worsening drought in California. The governor is telling us that we are going to have to deal with drastic cutbacks in use and take extraordinary conservation measures.
And yet, in last Tuesday’s Tribune, there was a column by Lon Allan about a plan to pump water out of the ground and put it in Atascadero Lake. They say it will be used to slow the rate of evaporation, which sounds to me like they hope the lake will take longer to dry up.
Now, I like the lake as much as the next person, but I wonder if these people are living under a rock. Water is a precious resource, and we are running out of it. If the drought lasts for a few more years, we might be wishing we had kept that water instead of wasting it.