By contrast, Priest Lake (one of North Idaho’s “Big Three”) has pristine fresh water conditions, so clean, so clear that some folks still drink directly from this lake.
The Worst Is Yet To Come
And the worst has not yet come… https://t.co/kZaeCkM1KQ
— PridahoProperties (@PridahoProp) May 2, 2015
It’s not a pretty picture. Short term reality has a long-term prediction that’s worse than the present by a long ways.
What does that mean for the millions of people who live in what once was a marvelous if not envious state?
It certainly spells trouble. It definitely means real solutions must be found and realized.
It likely means mass migration is one option for a population that soon may not have enough water to flush toilets let alone use for consumption or even cooking of foods.
Is Desalinization Really Possible?
Efforts by some coastal cities like Santa Barbara to desalinate sea water are already underway. But aside from the atrocious cost of building desalinization plants is nearly prohibitive (in the billions of dollars), doing so gives rise to another serious problem.
Desalinization is the removal of salt from saltwater. The salt, however, doesn’t just disappear. The byproduct of desalinization is a heavy brine, an ultra-concentrated version of saltwater, so concentrated that it kills lifeforms in areas where the method is practiced. The brine is pumped back into the ocean from whence it came.
The question becomes: How much brine concentrate can we put back into the ocean. Where’s the tipping point? The ocean we’re talking about is the Pacific, wide and deep. Still, it is a defined pool of water with currents that carry any and all pollutants to other parts. If over the years predicted for this California drought, we dump enough brine into the “big pool” we will in fact change the salt level of the whole ecosystem.
The question is critical
Is there a point of no return?
Under the circumstances, with so much unknown and with such dire predictions in store for huge masses of humanity, I’d rather live in a place like this…or at least have the ability to retreat to privacy with a reasonable degree of remoteness.