Where’s wa­ter gone?

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - VOICES -

I have long been con­cerned about the en­vi­ron­ment, but the re­duc­tion of wa­ter I’m wit­ness­ing in my own state has weighed heav­ily on my heart for the last year. I’m from south­west Arkansas, and dur­ing a re­cent trip home I no­ticed two bod­ies of wa­ter that had se­verely dried up: Lake Columbia in Columbia County and the Red River in Hemp­stead County near Ful­ton. I presently live in cen­tral Arkansas and daily drive over the Arkansas River that con­nects west Lit­tle Rock to Maumelle. A land mass has been grow­ing in the river over the past year. It is now so large that birds nest on it, which is very alarm­ing to me.

I lis­ten to lo­cal and state news through­out the week­day and have never heard the re­duc­tion of wa­ter in our state men­tioned. I sim­ply want to know the sta­tus of our state’s wa­ter sup­ply. Should we be alarmed? Presently, sev­eral places through­out the world are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing droughts and hav­ing to come up with con­ser­va­tion meth­ods (i.e., Cal­i­for­nia and Cape Town, South Africa). Is this where our state is headed? If so, should cit­i­zens be no­ti­fied now and ac­tions taken to re­duce our con­sump­tion?

One thing I’ve learned about hu­mans is that they of­ten do not ad­dress an is­sue un­til it’s too late. I hope we do not do the same.


North Lit­tle Rock

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