Kansas Wildlife Federation

Wednesday, April 21 2004

Another Dust Bowl?

Kansas water management has always lived on borrowed time. After the terrible experience of the droughts in the 1930s and 1950s, the state spent the 1970s opening up new water rights.

Well, if this researcher’s right, we may have to pay for that sooner rather than later. Julio Betancourt of the US Geological Survey says that temperature changes in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans are consistent with conditions that create long-term “megadroughts. ”

It’s certainly easy to get worked up over prophesies of doom and gloom - a lot of economists seem to make their living doing so. But if there’s any data that supports the correlation between these global changes and our local condition, we’d be wise to start thinking about our state’s water use, instead of ignoring the problem and hoping it goes away.

+ Dan @ 12:26pm


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