We live in an area of the United States blessed with abundant water resources. In Chatham County, Georgia, we use the Savannah River for industrial purposes; groundwater from the Floridan Aquifer for drinking water and industrial uses; and we receive approximately 50 inches of rain a year. So why should we conserve? There are many reasons. We should conserve to ensure that our children have an abundant, clean water supply. We should conserve to help protect the Floridan Aquifer from saltwater intrusion. And conserving water means saving money and energy.
Water is never created or destroyed. It is endlessly recycled in a process called the hydrologic cycle. You could drink the same water today that a dinosaur drank millions of years ago. However, the population of our planet is growing rapidly. We must learn to use less water if we are to accommodate more people.
When learning about water resources, it is important to consider how water is processed, delivered to, and taken away from our homes, businesses, and industries. Drinkable water is not free. Water treatment facilities and the distribution of water is costly. We must remember this and not take water for granted when we turn on our taps, take showers, and water our lawns.
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T he U.S. Geological Survey provides an expansive Water Resource Web site. There you’ll find information on Georgia’s rivers and streams. You’ll also find information about ground water, water quality, and many other topics. The USGS operates the most extensive satellite network of stream-gaging stations in the state, many of which form the backbone of flood-warning systems.
The lawsuits not only mean more headaches for the troubled university, but may shed some red bottom boots light on some of its financial struggles. The Frett and Clay cases both point to Howard’s reliance on expensive outside consultants for work that could have been done by vibram five fingers shoes university employees. "During his tenure at Howard University, despite his professional and personalrelationship with PRM Consulting Group, Defendant Jones managed a $500,000 no bid contractbetween Howard University and PRM Consulting Group," the Frett lawsuit states."During his tenure at Howard University, Defendant Jones also diverted businessto PRM Consulting Group that could have been performed more cost effectively by currentHuman Resources staff at Howard University." According to the lawsuits, Howard terminated Jones with cause in 2012. Jones could not be reached for comment. The Frett lawsuit also alleges that the negligence and incompetence of another senior Howard official led to a potential $9 million liability for the university