Ecocide Arizona Style — The Cow That Ate The West   Leave a comment

Drought “is the death of the earth,” wrote the poet T. S. Eliot.

An article in this morning’s Arizona Daily Star stated,” A two-decade-long dry spell that has parched much of the western United States is turning into one of the deepest megadroughts in the region in more than 1,200 years, a new study found.” Arizona continues to have water crisis, especially in rural areas, that is being lost in this age of COVID-19. Former Arizona Governor Bruce Babbitt has been speaking at community water meetings in rural areas.

“The way things stand now, former County Supervisor Richard Searle said, “we’re mining our water.” Searle farms pistachios on 20 acres in Cochise, where over the past two decades the groundwater level has declined about 50 feet. If the water keeps dropping, he said, the problem might eventually “solve itself” because it would become increasingly expensive to drill deeper and some growers would likely quit farming. But if that happens, Searle added, “it’s going to kill our ag economy.”

Today I’m reblogging a post from 2012, “Ecocide Arizona Style – The Cow That Ate The West.” Pistachio farmers and land developers have now replaced cattle. — kenne

Becoming is Superior to Being

Peloncillo MountainsCattle Corral in the San Simon Valley — Images by kenne

Note: This article came about as a result of a scheduled duck hunting trip that went a bust. For several years Tom and some of his hunting buddies have gone hunting in the San Simon Valley. The valley contains several small ponds, little known to most duck hunters. Again this year, they were planning to hunt the riparian area of the valley. Tom asked me if I would like to go duck hunting. I told him I hunt only with a camera — the hunt was on.

Two days before the scheduled hunt we got word that there were no ducks in the valley — there was no water. Tom and I discussed the situation and decided to make it a photo expedition.

This posting is about the disappearing water in the San Simon Valley, which serves as a…

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Posted April 17, 2020 by kenneturner in Information

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