Gifford Pinchot's terrestrial "Bible" when he was not attending church on Sundays in Milford, was George Perkins Marsh's "Man and Nature," first published by Charles Scribner in 1864. Marsh's book was what might be called a best-seller at the time, describing the downfall of Mediterranean civilizations by not just over-expansion into foreign lands, but flagrant deforestation and neglect of water resources. A native of Vermont, Marsh had ample experience observing the desiccation of landscapes while serving as American Ambassador to both Italy and Turkey. He wrote: "the operation of causes set in action by man has brought the face of the earth to a desolation almost as complete as that of the moon."
While most water consumption is attributed to large-scale agriculture and industry, we too can do our part in helping to conserve water at home. Please do your part. From the article below, we learn that water tables throughout the US are on the decline. With the increase in planetary temperatures, melting polar ice, and incumbent rise in sea-level causing erosion and sedimentation in streams and lakes, what we as individuals do is certainly important. "In 1990, 30 states in the US reported 'water-stress' conditions. In 2000, the number of states reporting water-stress rose to 40. In 2009, the number rose to 45. There is a worsening trend in water supply nationwide. Taking measures at home to conserve water not only saves you money, it also is of benefit to the greater community."
Every drop counts on our drying planet. Thank you!