Worth 1000 Photoshopping Contest:Â If The Dead Ruled
Â A few months ago, I was talking to Mom.Â The conversation ambled around, as most of our conversations do given how similar I am to the tree I fell from, when out of the blue Mom said, darkly, â€œWell, some people donâ€™t turn off the water when they brush their teeth.Â They just leave it running.Â Itâ€™s wasting water.â€
Now this is a potentially big minefield for a myriad of reasons, so I said, â€œWell, Mom, not everyone lived in San Antonio during bad drought years.Â Some people donâ€™t understand drought on that kind of level.â€
You see, from 1949 to roughly 1956, the eastern part of the Edwards Plateau (a region in Texas where my mother grew up) had a drought about as bad as the one in the Great Plains during the 1930s.
I got to thinking about this conversation when we were in Chapel Hill, N.C. a few weeks ago.Â Marilyn, one of The Dudeâ€™s relatives, said to me, â€œYouâ€™ve been getting all the rain this year.Â We need it here.Â Everything is drying up and dying.â€
I could understand her frustration.Â Here in Central Texas, we struggle with drought.Â A lot.Â Austin seems especially prone to it.Â Iâ€™ve seen months when every county around ours is getting rain and weâ€™re the big dry spot in the middle.Â
What I didnâ€™t tell Marilyn is that she and everyone else in the Southeast better gird their loins and get used to drought.Â Odds are theyâ€™re going to be seeing a lot more of it.
Atlanta, shockingly enough, is almost out of water — as in down to about a 90-day supply.Â And nowÂ the governor is a battle with the Army Corps of Engineers over whether there’s a water Â emergencyÂ at all.Â
Weâ€™re so used to drought here in Austin that they print up the lawn-water rotation days and include them with electric statements.Â And residents of California are plenty familiar with water shortages.Â Those of us in traditional drought-prone states are the lucky ones.Â We already know â€“ on a baby level â€“ what it is to deal with a lack of water.
Water scarcity is going to be the next big oil crisis.Â (Along with, you know, the next big oil crisis.)