So Many Management Systems, So Little Time to Learn!!
Submitted by Allie Floyd on Tue, 2017-07-11 00:00
Hello everyone! What an incredible, knowledge filled few days! We have learned SO much it's hard to know where to begin, but in this post, I want to talk about a variety of management systems we learned about outside of just water while we were in Idaho City and at Diversion Dam today. Also, please take a look at the pictures I posted along with this blog and let me know if you have any questions!
The first picture I posted here is just to show how beautiful the area is that we stayed in! One activity we did that I wish I could do, but can't because it involves fire, was an interactive demonstration about how man made solutions for preventing forrest fires have actually changed the dynamics of how fires burn and how quickly. When we implemented a large amount of trees that are condensed in one small area combined with bushes, pine needles, leaves, and other natural materials that burn quickly, we actually increase the risk of a forrest fire. That combined with the extremely hot summers, climate change, and loss of water in some areas again substantially increases that risk of a fire. In other words, we need to let nature do what it does best! We should not be as concerned with stopping every forrest fire that springs up so that nature has more space for newer trees and can naturally clear out anything that was harmful to that ecosystem. I had no idea!
Something else that I found to be fascinating was the geothermal networking system that we currently have in place in downtown Boise. Many may not know that we have a MASSIVE natural aquifer and we actually do not know the end to it. On Warm Springs Avenue, many of those houses are heated solely by geothermal energy. Not only does this apply to houses in this area, but buildings and institutions such as the YMCA, a few hotels, the State Capitol building, and this networking system stretches far beyond those boundaries all the way to BSU! To be able to sustain so many families, buildings, and areas with completely renewable energy is so exiciting and gives me hope for the future!
Finally, we had a fantastic speaker that came to Idaho City to talk to us about how mining has negatively impacted many areas, also in part to the dredging that used to take place when mining for gold. Most people are familiar with the huge growth in population Idaho saw because of the Gold Rush, but there have been long term problems such as acid rock contaminating the fresh water supply, oozing out from old mining areas, and crushing those same rocks to powder that again contaminates clean water. Some of the dredging areas were so powerful that they reversed the direction of the water, which would then throw of the balance of that ecosystem. This is still a problem we are faced with today that I would love to see resolved along with many others.
My final request today is an answer to the following question. How might Idaho continue forward on the mission of clean, renewable energy sources without damaging ecosystems because of man-made solutions? In addition to that, what do YOU think Idaho would benefit most from if the resource was made available state wide, and why- geothermal energy, fire management, solar power, or the re-use and purification of all water resources?
I look forward to your responses and let me know what you think of the pictures!!! More pictures will be posted in the gallery! :)