Can we rely on technology to guarantee future water resources?
At this point it would be pretty fool hearty to go back to the dousing rod or hand pump, and truly, why would anyone want to try … unless, of course, more technically rigorous methods turned up dry holes?
We have it now, for good and for worse, as our answer and curse. It’s our fate and the facts, but we need it now more than ever, and I don’t think that is a hope misplaced.
What haunts me is the question – “if we knew then what we know now, would the world and its waters be different today?”
I am buoyed by the prospect that technology, if properly harnessed, can save us heartache down the road.
Ecosystems and water ways have been pillaged for economic gain, but would the calculations that created those messes – so long ago – have been different if our grandmother’s grandfathers had better technology at their fingertips?
What if the original drainers of the Everglades didn’t “dig first, and ask questions later,” and better yet, if they had the technological tools to find answers to uncertainty of their actions?
Unfortunately, the one thing that technology has never invented (despite a legion of prognosticators who claim its powers), is a crystal ball!
Thus, I can make no guarantees, only hope – on a wing and prayer – that technological solutions await, always in the nick of time.