Water and wishful thinking

The USDA
drought monitor map issued Feb. 5 predicts more of the same, and now
Canton Lake is drained to record low levels to keep Oklahoma City on its
unsustainable water usage path.

Farmers and ranchers
have drastically reduced their cattle herds for lack of hay and water
due to this ongoing, severe drought. Another season of drought and there
will be very few, if any, cattle left in Western Oklahoma. Feed crops
and hay are severely impacted. Wheat crops may not even make this year.
This is a crisis, folks.

Marsha Slaughter, Oklahoma City’s utilities director, said in the Feb. 13 Gazette (News,
“Dry ideas,” Clifton Adcock
) that “another 30,000 acre feet of water
should be available for the taking next year … and the lake should
refill in up to two years.”

I’m not sure where Ms.
Slaughter is getting her information, but that statement is in dire
contrast to major weather indicators. It appears to be mere wishful
thinking to justify draining Canton Lake to meet current demands. And
still there is no comprehensive water restriction implementation in OKC
to preserve our fragile water supplies. Shameful.

Let
us not forget our fellow Okies in Western Oklahoma who are living this
nightmare. This is not a futuristic scenario. This drought is their
current, ongoing nightmare.

Another year of predicted
high temperatures and no rain will surely spell disaster for Western and
Central Oklahoma. Yes, Oklahoma City, we are included in this drought
map. Oklahoma City and the urban areas, which seem to view this drought
as not our problem, are in the path of this drought. It’s called
desertification.

As a resident of OKC, I want to see
Ms. Slaughter and the utilities department exhibit bold, decisive
leadership in terms of water usage restrictions for the metro.

It seems to me that Oklahoma City utilities leaders are waiting until we are out of water to implement a sensible water plan.

—Ron Ferrell, Oklahoma City

Ron Ferrell

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