Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Order of the Day: Conservation

Last week I traveled to Texas for some much needed rest and relaxation.  While there we stayed at Canyon Lake in the Texas Hill Country near San Antonio.  While the area had received several inches of rain the week prior and experienced some flooding, it was hard to tell by the time we arrived a week later.  Impacts of the past year’s drought were quite apparent.  Canyon Lake was down about 10 feet from its normal capacity and many of the boat ramps were inaccessible to the lake.
Later in the week we were in Austin and ate lunch at the Oasis near Lake Travis.  The restaurant is suppose to be on Lake Travis but with the current drought the lake is down almost 50 feet and looks more like a river than a lake.  As we ordered lunch, we asked for water as it is not automatically served.  Of course, taking a look at that lake made one sure to finish the glass of water you had ordered.  Especially when just down the road in the community of Spicewood Beach residents have had to truck in water as their wells are all but dry. 
Conservation is the order of the day for Texans as it should be for all of us all the time.  The challenges that Texas and many other places are facing reminds us all that we need to be responsible in the use of our water resources. 

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