Environmentalist Ayrie Cunliff teaches you about the water conservation issues and solutions in Mexico.
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Water Conservation in Mexico Host: Much of the environmental concern centers around water supply and how to manage these valuable resource. Ayrie Cunliffe: Water is a problem worldwide right now. Here, it is obvious that without water you can’t have life. But part of the best way to have water in the desert is to have ways that you can replenish the aquifer. So first thing you want to do is use various strategies to slow down the water which gives the water more of a chance to get in to the fault lines which takes it down into the aquifer and one way to do that is to create low gabion structures or dams which trap two or three feet of water behind them. Host: Is this the way you build gabion structure? Ayrie Cunliffe: Exactly. You know, from this side over to that side and that means that when there’s a flashflood, anything behind us here would fill up with water even if you alter it by 10 percent, the net impact of that on the aquifer is huge. : Really interesting. Here is what happened back to your royal system over time. The time that we’ve read of this side of the first mission in the California is because there was water there. At that time there was of course flowing on the bottom of the royal and there is enough water in the system that is actually flowing as it came down to the city. Now the aquifer has dropped to the point where we were looking at a dry river bed. There are places where the aquifer is bubbling up to the surface and those are the little oasis you get. With the presence of water, there’s a lot of new plant material that will move into this area and with the plant material comes more insects and bird life and as time passes of the living system deep in its complexity. This I think is really the central hopeful message because there’s so many poisons in the world now where the overwhelming sense, these are the things that getting worst and what we need is more places where things are getting better. You know where speciation is increasing, where water supplies are becoming more abundant rather than last and where the air and the water are becoming mature. As we intend a more hope with future they’ll come into being. Host: Right. That’s key and it all starts there with your plant. Ayrie Cunliffe: Yeah. Yeah those are the seeds of the future. There we go. Host: So this is the oasis then. Ayrie Cunliffe: Yeah isn’t that great? That sound of water is still delicious. Host: Yeah. Ayrie Cunliffe: You know after the silence in the desert, I mean the water is so crystal and clear here. It’s beautiful. Host: I think there are fish in there. Ayrie Cunliffe: Yeah. I have actually slept off in this oasis at night and it’s kind of amazing and all spooky. You know one minute you’re looking at star light and then you start to see the eyes of all the creatures coming down for a drink at night. The oasis is a huge attractor for life. All the living things come to the water.