Water levels way down at Blanchard Springs, near Mountain View AR
We all know that one of the biggest problems facing the world today is lack of water. Our rivers are being diverted to cities for ever growing need, to farms for irrigation to grow food for animals to eat and we are losing water to climate change. Our colder regions are not getting as much snow and warmer regions are not getting as much rain as 20 years ago. So our rivers are drying up, our lakes shorelines are receding and we should fear for the shortage of potable water.
So, we want to have a pond. Is this wasting a precious resource? Is it just another example of people putting want above need? I say no. Well, it's because you are a pond builder, you say. Still, I say no. People want vast expanses of lawns. In their gardens, in public spaces. Lawns take vast amounts of water, water that could otherwise be used for satiating the thirst of people. Lawns get irrigated, they get fertilized, they get cut using gas gulping machines that pollute the atmosphere. And next week they get all those things again.
Ponds get filled with water once a year ideally. They need topping off occasionally when conditions lead to evaporation, but that's rare.
Ponds need little maintenance and certainly never need mowing. They provide places for wildlife to visit, breed and live. Birds, bees, toads, frogs and yes, the occasional bird eating egret or heron to get dinner.
Ponds can be used for growing food if owners wish, but even if they don't, they are beautiful additions to the landscape and don't use precious resources.
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