Alternative power can save water
The June 17 front-page article “Earth’s groundwater reserves dwindling” brought to the forefront another factor of climate change that is often overlooked: the depletion of many of our water aquifers. The article disclosed that the Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plains Aquifer is experiencing a negative balance. We are using it faster than it can refill. And I thought only our Western states had a problem.
As the article pointed out, mining is a waterintensive activity, and we mine a lot of coal in Virginia, West Virginia and Kentucky. Power plants use 40 percent of the daily freshwater supplies in our nation. This need not be. Alternative forms of power generation (solar and wind) could replace the coal-burning technology that is outmoded and save much of our water supply.
Rhode Island has started construction of the first U.S. offshore wind farm. We could replicate that effort off of Norfolk.
Earle Mitchell, Springfield