About

A blog about the environmental/water stuff by an environmental/water engineer who’s fed up with all the doom and gloom, defeatism, and apathy that often comes with environmental studies. I want to find ways of sharing some knowledge that may, in some not-completely-insignificant way, be helpful to the environment.

When the fate of the environment comes up over a pint or two with fellow environmental colleagues and friends, the conversation often ends up with how we’re in trouble. How we’re desperately stuck on the road to something out of Mad Max.

The oh-well-we-are-F-ed vision of the future. Water and gas are scarce coveted resources, and maybe we end up in a post-apocalyptic wasteland filled with mutant marauders killing each other for these precious resources. As though everyone would rather murder each other with spiky cars and nailbats rather than face a future where we don’t have as much water for 20 minute showers, or where we can’t wolf down excessive amounts of food that are shockingly inexpensive but environmentally costly. Admittedly, i’m being dramatic here, a lot of people don’t think this way. It is, however, quite difficult to remain not-jaded by all the rhetoric when you study it.

One of my goals is to show how some small things we do can lead to big impacts using the magic of computers and some publicly available data that is now accessible to everyone with simple google searches. We live in a pretty exciting time. There is so much information available to everyone and the ways of presenting that data are becoming less cumbersome and more accessible to the average user.

I think it’s better to avoid the post-apocalyptic defeatist attitude that some people adopt when faced with a daunting uncertain future. Maybe the future won’t be so bleak and climatic. Maybe it will just be different.

Please leave comments, ideas, questions (if they’re not constructive, compliment-ive, or interestingly argumentative I’m going to delete them. Got no time for hate.)

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  1. The Commoner

    I am not a defeatist when approaching environmental problems, yet, I am astounded at the lack of understanding people tend to have (myself included) respecting the looming crises precipitated by our infinite growth economic paradigm and therefore make attempts to get them engaged by projecting cynicism. I appreciate your models and have incorporated one into a video (with full credit to your site – no my youtube channel is not monetized so I will not be making money off of your good work ). Living in Nebraska, I have engineered it to make a point to preparedness advocates and Nebraskans alike that no amount of stockpiled supplies can save them from a water crisis (alluding to the idea that we need to think about solutions NOW). As I am not a scientist (I possess only an associate’s degree in General Sciences), I may not be as well-informed on the matter of water as I should be. Nevertheless, I may be an example of the citizen you wish to inform. One question, do you know if current agricultural practices utilizing the Ogallala aquifer are indeed posing a risk of depletion? I have seen only one study by the USGS on this matter. Good work, and take care.

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