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Human disturbance is drying out forests

Bild Alpen Wiese

The area of the St. Lawrence River around Glenfiddich Water Conservancy is dry and brown; there are parts of the basin less than 100 feet deep, and parts as deep as 500 feet deep.
It’s not that there isn’t rain, or that there isn’t dirt in the river bed, or that there isn’t grass and swamps. It’s that because of human disturbance and wrong doings, rainfall becomes overly unreliable. Droughts can rise through the Sierra Nevada Mountains or New Mexico’s lowlands. Rainstorms cannot halt a potato chip ice cream truck, so rains begin very late and last longer than usual. What is considered an environmental disaster is not merely a man-made disaster but an actual man-made disaster.