About your article on Air Pollution (“Clearing the air,” feature, May 7). You never once mentioned the chem trails that are leaving all sorts of junk in the air when it settles. It’s killing all the tree tops, polluting the air and land and water! Some ingredient’s are from coal dumps not to mention whatever magical mix of toxic chemicals they have come up with to spray checkerboard patterns all over the sky keeping the rain from falling.
But you just must have missed it, right?
Water waste at Ventura High
Dear Dr. Arriaga, I am a sophomore at Ventura High School and the treasurer of the on campus club, GWAT, the Global Warming Action Team. Lately in our weekly meetings, there was been a large concern for California’s current drought. As a club, we have looked for ways to cut down on our personal water usage and encouraged others to take part in water reduction. The ways we have tried to go about this are:
– not watering plants and letting our lawns die
– reducing shower time and showers per week
– fixing leaky sinks and shower heads
– collecting shower water and using it to flush the toilet
– collecting rain water to keep trees and other large plants alive
While we have been trying to conserve California’s limited water supply, we have noticed something quite disturbing at our school and schools all around town. In the middle of the worst drought on record, the schools are irrigating lawns as if we have all the water in the world. Our own school, Ventura High, recently planted a new lawn and is watering it every day. Not only are the schools watering, but in the worst way possible. Sprinklers that spray high in the air that allow much of the water to evaporate off and even more is wasted on the sidewalks. In the recent rain showers, the school continued to water in the rain.
Water conservation is a pressing issue in California as it has been predicted to run out of water in less than a year. While I understand that a lot of money probably went into planting the grass, it is useless to water it in this drought environment. Still, I wish that you might consider turning the sprinklers off or changing the way in which the schools go about water. A few ideas we have discussed at GWAT meetings to keep the grass alive and reduce water include:
– using a drip watering system
– watering at night to keep the water from evaporating
– watering for smaller amounts of time
– watering less per week
– turning the sprinkles so that they don’t run on to the sidewalk
I hope you take our request under consideration and help us in our pursuit to conserve. If you do wish to go about some changes we would love to help with ideas, funding or organization needed. To contact us please email me back at the club’s email, firstname.lastname@example.org