Water Lines: Giving thanks for water
Free Press Weekly Columnist
My dogs appreciate water. A few miles into a run on a desert trail, they gratefully lap up the liquid I pour into a plastic tub from the reservoir on my back. Then they rest in the shade from a juniper tree that makes the most of the few inches of rain and snow it receives each year.
My kids appreciate water, sometimes. They splash with delight in shallow streams flowing over sand and rock between red canyon walls. They run outside to play when it rains. Emptying the dishwasher brings less joy, at least for them.
I appreciate water, when I remember to do so: The perfect cup of hot, bitter brew in the morning; the shade from the ash tree that makes the backyard pleasant, even in July; growing and eating spicy radishes and luscious, sweet German Johnson tomatoes.
I enjoy floating on Colorado River water through town with friends, and eating it in August peaches and grilled steak. I eat water from farther afield, too: Idaho’s Snake River is in my potato chips, and there may be bits of fossil water from the Ogallala Aquifer in my corn bread.
As I follow this line of thought, I wonder: How many rivers, from how many corners of the world, made it possible for me to ”like” the comment my South African sister-in-law made on my Facebook post?
Water contributes to every aspect of life in my little house in the desert — and I never have to carry even one pint of it even one mile if I don’t want to. What a luxury!
This is part of a series of articles coordinated by the Water Center at Colorado Mesa University in cooperation with the Colorado and Gunnison Basin Roundtables to raise awareness about water needs, uses and policies in our region. To learn more about the basin roundtables and statewide water planning, and to let the roundtables know what you think, go to http://www.coloradomesa.edu/WaterCenter. You can also find the Water Center on Facebook at Facebook.com/WaterCenter.CMU or Twitter at Twitter.com/WaterCenterCMU.
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