Target: State Governments of the United States of America
Goal: Demand state governments recognize the severity of aquifer depletion and enact legislation that will mitigate the problem.
Throughout the drought-stricken Midwest, underground water reserves are being depleted at increasing rates and volumes to support large-scale agriculture, animal production, and water-dependent industries such as ethanol plants. As a result, prospects for long-term water supplies key to sustaining future populations are quickly diminishing. Sadly, as pulling water from aquifers in high volumes often results in equally high profits, relatively few objections are being voiced. If local communities do not encourage governmental action while change is still possible, water will become less available and will be prohibitively expensive for middle-class citizens in the future. Encourage state governments in the Midwest to recognize the problem of water depletion and to pass legislation that will protect aquifers in the long-term.
Because water is a necessity, it must be protected and not be made available to private interests at huge volumes for little or no cost. It is not a sustainable practice. When animal species become endangered, the government steps in and protects them on a wider scale. The same must be done for aquifers that provide so much public good.
Many local communities have begun to protest excessive pumping that has lowered their lakes and left exposed and unsightly shorelines. While some people blame an ongoing drought for this, others know aquifer depletion exacerbates the problem. Without limits on how much water can be pulled from aquifers and made available for crops and business, the situation will only get worse.
While farming is necessary for humans, and water necessary to farm, maximizing production by changing the ecology of the Midwest through aquifer depletion is short-sighted and will have long-term repercussions. The penalty for ignoring this problem will become evident within decades, if not sooner. In the same way that species extinction poses a great threat to the ecological system, water depletion threatens ecology and the well-being of people. In this case, the result is the end of accessible water as we know it.
Demand that state governments raise awareness about this issue and pass legislation to protect aquifers.
Dear state governors and legislators,
Due to the recent and excessive depletion of underground aquifers in the Midwest, I demand legislation be passed to protect water sources. Current rules governing how much water can be pulled from aquifers are inadequate, with those reserves and above-ground lakes dependent on them shrinking before our eyes. Without government protection, these water sources will dry up, leading to the end of the water supplies that we take for granted today.
I urge you to raise awareness about this issue and to propose and support legislation capping the volume of water that can be pulled yearly from these sources. Current pumping is simply not sustainable. Please fight this problem while there is still time for change.
[Your Name Here]
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