Drought - Day Zero

Drought conditions are always a huge concern to everyone. It affects all our lives in significant ways. Read about 'Day Zero' affecting Cape Town in South Africia. This story brings to life the realities faced with extreme drought conditions.

At one time or another most all of us have experienced the dismal drought conditions that continue to plague California. But life on the other side of the bucket, the side that provides the potable water to millions of Californians has become increasingly difficult. Due in part to the continued rise in regulatory control, environmental concerns, drought conditions causing water shortages, and the undeniable misplaced priorities of a document many folks have never heard of titled the ESA (environmental species act) that was created and signed into law by President Nixon in 1973 and to this day remains relatively unchanged in the ever changing and evolving world that we live in. There is no 'balance' of water provided in this document. There is no consideration for a growing human population, or for the incororation of better, more sophisticated water management practices and conservation measures.

 

The ESA defined:

The Endangered Species Act (ESA) directs all Federal agencies to work to conserve endangered and threatened species and to use their authorities to further the purposes of the Act. Section 7 of the Act, called "Interagency Cooperation," is the mechanism by which Federal agencies ensure the actions they take, including those they fund or authorize, do not jeopardize the existence of any listed species.

 

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