If our water systems collapse, or if we decide to simplify voluntarily, individuals and households may be surprised at the lifestyle changes that will be necessary. What we own, how we use it, and even our domestic architecture will be affected.
The exploding craft beer movement is taking on the challenges of a water-constrained world and improving conservation and efficiency in production. Some are even experimenting with using recycled water in their brews.
Beyond geological and technical concerns, investing in terracing requires social, political, and financial stability.
One of the last remaining continually flowing rivers in Arizona, the Verde River is a lifeline not just for otters, beavers and bald eagles, but also for residents of the cities and towns in the Verde Valley who rely on it for drinking water, household use and irrigation.
It’s clear that restoring healthy flows to the Flint River and its tributaries will not be easy. The people of Georgia and the lower Flint must decide if they want to take action to save the diversity of life in their streams.
Schwennesen is among a new cadre of farmers and ranchers that brings a more holistic, ecological way of thinking to land management.
El Niño has been dropping much-needed rain this winter on a parched American West. But it’s making little difference to the greater water scarcity issues the US as well as the rest of the world is increasingly facing.
California in the Great Drought is once again Exhibit A, a living diorama of how the future is going to look for a lot of us.
Agriculture and rivers. These are two of the chief contestants on the West’s water stage.