Larry was terrific. He was able to talk with so many people about the challenges that we are facing, and the tough choices we face.
I learned something from Larry. He told me that last year was a very high water use year for Marin. This year, we are in the middle of the worst drought in at least the last 140 years. We all know this, and Marin Water is trying to tell us to pay attention. The result; our water consumption this year is UP from last year!
Yesterday, we met so many great people, who were doing the right things to try to be part of the solution. We also heard alll kinds of stories from people about how hard it is. One person talked about the expensive landscaping they had just put in. Its time to let it go. One person told us about a neighbor who used water to wash the rocks on his property, and how hard it was to confront this person to suggest that maybe dirty rocks are ok.
Larry did a great job handing out free Water Marin provided water saving devices. He did a great job at helping us learn about what is going, and how we must all help.
Larry told a story to one person. This person was concerned about the beuatufi lakes in Marin. He was worried about whether the hiking will be as good. Larry told him that we had to pay $1M to buy DIESEL fuel to pump water from one lake to another to try to balance the water needs of the environment and of all of us. This is a great example of the financial and environmental impacts and feedback loops we create when we do not deal effectively with the environmental challenges we face.
I put in a bunch of new plants last year. It is painful, but I feel like I have to let them wilt.
It is painful.
It is also time.
Thank you Larry.
Please come see us at the Farmer's Market, and lets learn together, lets work together, lets figure it out together.