If you read this newspaper, you know what’s happening in California. Severe drought. Neighbors snitching on neighbors. Lawns turning brown, pools drained, gardens withered.
Here in Idaho, our water is plentiful and safe, a never-ending supply of… wait. What? It’s not?
It’s not. Although Boise is green and beautiful, and much of that is natural, much of it is not. The reality is… we live in a desert.
There are many ways we can delay a water-restrictive future. Many of them are simple and very effective.
A campaign of education would go a long way for both citizens and visitors as to the facts of our environment and some simple ways to conserve.
For example, run sprinklers any other time than during the peak of evaporation. Our clear blue skies and hot summer sun make the hours between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. the very worst time to water.
And that’s just the most obvious. There are a thousand ways we can be smarter, less wasteful and more resourceful.
Boise is lucky, or incredibly naive, for now. To avoid turning into California, we should implement some new strategies before it’s too late.
Danielle Vick, Eagle