President's Message - Diane Graves-Smith
April 2003

Greetings to my Fellow Master Naturalists,

The old saying "April Showers bring May Flowers" sure didn't originate in Texas!! On my trip to the State Volunteer Council Meeting in mid-March, I saw the beginnings of the Texas Wildflower Season. It's amazing how bluebonnets along the side of the road lift my spirits. I hope our ample precipitation during the winter months will result in a great wildflower spring.

While the old saying may not apply to our area, it does give me an excuse to talk about water. Here are some tidbits for your thoughts:

These two facts make me wonder when I hear of plans to build more reservoirs. Or look at attempts to turn prairie into lush golf courses. Or listen to both sides on the issue of extending flood control levees.

And then, again, I wonder when I hear about problems with low-flow toilets and the efforts some people go to circumvent the current regulations. Or I read tips on how conserve water and they recommend I turn off the water while brushing my teeth.

I guess I'm too much of a common sense type. It seems to me that there is enough room (and, perhaps, water) for all of us if we use common sense. Like only running dishwashers and washing machines when they are full. Or watering our yards when the evaporation rate is lowest. Or drinking tap water instead of making the water bottling industry rich. Well, you get the idea.

I hope you think about water. As our population centers continue to grow, the demand for water will go up. Where will we get it? From more efficient use of what we have? From the destruction of bottomland hardwood forests and the building of reservoirs? We are all part of the problem and, thank goodness, we are also part of the solution.

Diane Graves Smith

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