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WATER: Limits on resources do matter

Letter by William R. Catton Jr., Lakewood on June 10, 2011 at 11:57 am with 3 Comments »
June 10, 2011 12:07 pm

Re: “Knight’s water war with Yelm is one worth fighting” (editorial, 6-9).

There was a profoundly important sentence in the editorial: “If local governments can’t prove they have enough water to accommodate the new growth, then they shouldn’t permit it.”

This comes impressively close to acknowledging two fundamental ecological concepts:  an environment’s carrying capacity and a limiting factor. It recognizes woes that result from overload, or a carrying capacity deficit.

The same ideas are applicable nationally and globally, as eloquently shown by Thomas Friedman in a June 7 New York Times column, headlined “The Earth Is Full.”


Leave a comment Comments → 3
  1. Excellent comment Mr. Catton. Water shortages are already important in many areas, but they tend to involve the poorest on the planet so not many people pay attention. Just wait until it is gasoline that is in short supply or when water shortages hit closer to home. Take a look at the situation in the San Joaquin Valley of California for example.

  2. steilacoomtaxpayer says:

    She has 35,000 years of experience. She must know her stuff and be correct.

  3. Two other questions/concepts.

    Who pays for the expansions of services – the landowners or the entire service population?

    What flows uphill towards money and power.

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