Fires Burning Everywhere, Drought, and the Montana Government Wasting Water

The Lawn of the Montana State Capital with Sprinklers Blasting Mid-day

On July 19, 2017, the Governor of the great state of Montana signed an executive order declaring a drought disaster in Montana.

On July 22, 2017, while driving by the beautiful Montana State Capital lawn at 1:30pm on a very hot, sunny saturday afternoon, I was dumbfounded by what I saw. I was compelled to get out of my car and grab a short video and pictures.

With wildfires burning in every direction, the capital lawn was being watered in the middle of a very hot day. The sprinklers are automatic. One would think whoever manages the Capital sprinklers would know not to water during the hottest part of the day when evaporation rates are at their peak. The mid-day watering will likely do nothing for the lawn and will be immediately evaporated into a cloudless atmosphere. The result – a pure waste of water.

how about leading by example

If you want your citizens to take your drought measures seriously, maybe you should tell your landscapers to check the timer on the sprinklers and do a little overnight or early morning watering when evaporation rates are at their lowest. Better yet, hire a landscape architect to start phasing out some of the water intensive grasses and plants and incorporate drought tolerant vegetation for the semi-arid climate of Helena, Montana.

What do you think?

Let me know what you think about the amount of fresh water used to maintain green lawns, comment below.

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About Melissa Schaar

I am a scientist, teacher, student, friend, and mom. I am on a journey to my ultimate vitality. That journey includes living to the fullest, loving everyday, laughing whenever possible, and a constant state of learning.

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