Over the Fourth of July weekend I took my family from my home in Sierra Foothills Gold Country in California and traveled to Bakersfield to visit family. As we traveled the highway 99 corridor I began to see billboards and signs in agriculture fields and on ranches that said Dams before Trains, courtesy of damtrain.com and Fresno city councilman Steve Brandau I couldn’t help but think to myself, why not both? Doesn’t California really need both? I myself think we need the high speed rail more than we need dams, we have dams, what we need is better conservation efforts by all Californians. Both infrastructure projects will create jobs, so that’s not an argument for either.
Dams would give us more usable drinking water, as California’s population continues to grow, expected to grow an additional 12 million by 2050, this will create a demand for 2.3 million acre feet a year in fresh water. One such dam that is being pushed for is the Temperance Flat Dam, which could provide 450 thousand acre feet a year in drinking water, enough for 1.8 million families. I will provide you with some statistics later that will show you why dams may not be as necessary as we think. There is one solution we could all do, that would save us tons of water and keep our already operating dams full and no it isn’t those expensive desalinization plants. It is actually much simpler than that and more cost effective.
High speed rail doesn’t give us the liquid of life, but it does provide an eco-friendly means of travel, that will allow Californians to travel from Northern to Southern California in a matter of hours. This will help eliminate cars on the roads, thus lowering carbon emissions and helping provide cleaner air to breathe, also a necessity of life. By California implementing and funding this high speed rail, California will once again lead the way towards a cleaner environment and bringing the United States into the 21st century, doing what many other industrialized nations have already done. Here are just a few of the many benefits that surround the high speed rail:
· Will pay for itself by lowering our dependency on foreign oil and reducing our $700 billion oil trade deficit.
· Will create millions of “green jobs” nationwide, helping our economy even further
· Powered by clean energy from renewable resources such as wind and solar, thus giving us Freedom from oil.
· Safe and affordable means of transportation, reducing the number of cars on the road will lower the amount of lives lost each year in accidents, approximately 43 thousand Americans die each year in car accidents.
Let us put all that aside though, remember how I said there was a solution to our water crisis here in California that could solve this debate on what we need more? It is simple really, quit watering your lawns, let them die, yes you read that right, quit watering your lawns. California uses 6.4 billion gallons of water annually, just to water grass. The average lawn of about 1,800 square feet, uses about 55 gallons a year per square foot, that is 99 thousand gallons of water a year for just one lawn, let that sink in. You like having a green lawn in your front or back yard, maybe both. I have a solution to that also, Synthetic Lawn, yes a synthetic lawn. I’m not talking your grandfather’s Astroturf either, today’s synthetic turf looks and feels like the real thing. Synthetic lawns require no watering and very little maintenance. Synthetic lawns will not only save us billions of gallons of water in our state alone, but the lack of maintenance needed also means no carbon emissions or pesticides getting into our environment. Saving the environment not mean much to you? How about the money it will save you on your water bill, money saved not buying yard equipment or gas for it, not to mention the savings not buying pesticides, herbicides or fertilizers to maintain your lawn. Contact Drought Lawn today for more information at www.droughtlawn.com or at (530) 506-5046, we will gladly answer your questions.
So as you can see we can have a high speed rail system and not sacrifice our water to do so. I’m not saying we don’t need a few more dams for the future, especially with our population growth, but we also need a high speed rail to move that population around effectively and efficiently. The quickest and easiest way to conserve our water for agriculture and drinking is to eliminate our obsession with “real lawns”. Let them die and replace them with the “Lawn of the Future”. Synthetic turf is the real answer to our growing water crisis. Call Drought Lawn today at (530) 506-5046 or visit us at www.droughtlawn.com and see how you can join in on the answer to the drought and become an official drought buster.
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