David Rogers Suggests Multifaceted Solution Necessary for Madera County's Water Issues
David Rogers, the District 2 Madera County Supervisor, believes that a multifaceted approach is necessary when it comes to solving Madera County's water supply issues. Rogers, who is up for re-election, detailed several strategies that he believes could serve as effective solutions.
MADERA, Calif., Jan. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Sometimes you have to do more than just "pray for rain."
Madera County's water issues have become an issue that needs more serious consideration. Considering the impact of the recent drought coupled with the diminishing water supply, David Rogers believes that this is an issue that needs to be rectified as soon as possible.
"There is not any one solution to a problem of this magnitude," said Rogers, the District 2 Madera County Supervisor. "When you have a problem such as this, you need to have a multifaceted solution to cover all angles of the issue."
Rogers, who is up for re-election in his post as County Supervisor, recently detailed a plan that he believes would be more sustainable for the people of Madera County.
"The diminishing water supply has an incredibly negative impact on what is the basis for our economy. We cannot stand idly by and allow our farms to suffer because of a lack of water supply," said Rogers. "I believe that we can fix this problem through the simple implementation of some common-sense strategies."
The strategies that Rogers has suggested are indeed sensible and varied. Rogers advocates the cleaning-up of the brush and overgrowth in the forest in order to create a more efficient watershed. He also suggested the implementation of surface water storage.
"In 2011, we lost a million acre feet of storm runoff," said Rogers. "That is unnecessarily wasteful and not nearly efficient enough for a county that is suffering through a diminishing water supply."
Rogers did not stop there, however. It is his belief that there are more strategies that can be applied to help mitigate the impact of the diminishing water supply. Rogers also raised the possibility of utilizing desalinization in coastal cities while also investing in groundwater recharge basins and projects.
"We need to do everything we can to arrive at a solution for this problem," said Rogers. "That includes basic conservation techniques such as the use of purple piping, waterless urinals, in-home gray water reclamation, cisterns, low voltage hot water circulation, faux grass and rock landscapes on freeways."
Rogers also suggested the use of GPS farming to help conserve water, as precision farming could yield a great deal of savings in water expenditure.
"It has been estimated that we could save six billion dollars in water by utilizing GPS farming," said Rogers. "That is a savings that is absolutely worth exploring."
In a closing statement, Supervisor Rogers said, "Without water we will have ghost towns and ghost farms."
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