Letters to the Editor

Conserve water now if you value the future

If your God is money, stop reading now. If you believe in the future, read Joyce Siniscal’s Letter to the Editor in the Sept. 22 edition of the News-Times.

If you are a skeptic and don’t believe anything you hear and only half of what you see, then turn your eyes and ears off, lean back in your lounge chairs and dream on.

The statistics she quoted for Skagit River water usage were amazing and frightening to me. Not all of the prophets are in the Old Testament or the Nostradamus papers. They are alive and well in these days if you pay attention. Whidbey Island folks and those living in all of the areas that use that river for their water sources had better wake up and revise their wills.

Why? Because there will be nothing for you to leave for the next generation’s household water usage. Anacortes wants to get immediate money now and hang the future. Money worship is rampant in a community that doesn’t do planning.

Grasshopper philosophies never have a future. Good old Aesop told us that.

My family arrived in Anacortes in the late 1890s and they conserved their water by only bathing on Saturdays and washing their hair once a month. Water was a high priority for those folks and they honored the treasures of this area. “Waste not, want not” was their motto. And they lived up to it.

Immediate gratification was not worshipped by my ancestors. “Penny wise, pound foolish” came with them as they traversed the great northern trek on foot and horseback to finally arrive in Anacortes to make their homes.

The California Central Valley and Los Angeles needed water for irrigation and population growth. So they built a canal and diverted the water from all of the northern rivers. The ones that flow by Sacramento, the Bay Area, Stockton, and points south are now filled with saline that is backing up from the ocean at the river mouths and into the city water supplies.

Where has the Colorado River gone? Where is the diminishing Mississippi River? Where are the glaciers in Glacier National Park? Where are the glaciers in Washington? Has anyone in Anacortes noticed that things are changing and our wonderful supplies of drinking water are now threatened by drought conditions?

You think gasoline prices are high, come back in about 20 years and see how expensive water is. Or are you gambling that ocean water will soon be converted to drinking water and we won’t need rivers and glaciers?

That idea turns me into a skeptic. I’m going to write Mayor Dean Maxwell at City Hall in Anacortes and protest them annexing an area to support the bottling plant. If you still believe in the future generation’s right to water, you should do the same.

Beverly B. Casebeer


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