I didn’t make it to the river today so I owe it one. The link above takes you to a petition by Riverkeeper directed at Lisa Jackson, Administrator of the EPA, that urges a new regulation changing the system that power plants can use to cool themselves down. The change in systems could prevent 95% of the “fish kill” the current system causes.
We are having a true deluge so I just googled synonyms for rain and the on-line Thesaurus has 30. However, I have to say some are a stretch. In my world, flurries, hail, sleet, mist and condensation are not rain…
That leaves the following: “cat-and-dog weather, cloudburst, deluge, drencher, drizzle, fall, flood, heavy dew, liquid sunshine, monsoon, pour, pouring, precip, precipitation, raindrops, rainfall, rainstorm, sheets, shower, showers, spate, spit, sprinkle, sprinkling, stream, sun shower, torrent, volley, wet stuff, window washer”
I think, in the past 60 days we have had all of these several times.
We belong to a CSA. We just received notice that many of their early crops were destroyed in a thunderstorm that dropped three inches of rain and hail on the farm. The farmers at Roxbury Farm know what they are doing and will plant to grow another day but it does seem as if weather patterns are changing and we better be able to adapt. This takes me back to the Riverkeeper petition. It just seems unthinking to me to wantonly kill part of the food chain and a major food source when it could be prevented with relative ease.
I don’t think humans evolved as long-term planners but we seem to have lost the capacity to even occasionally look further ahead then the next quarter.