An interesting solution to the water supply — limit population

June 13, 2012 • United States, Daily Email Recap

Congratulations to Jack Marshall, President of Advocates for a Sustainable Albemarle Population (ASAP), for the following opinion article printed in The Daily Progress of Charlottesville, Virginia. ASAP is arguably the most successful local scale population advocacy organization in the United States. They operate in and around Albemarle County, Virginia (home of the University of Virginia). You may also want to watch a speech Jack gave in 2009, in Washington DC, about ASAP and the important role local population organizing has to play in the “big picture”. Click here:

McKenzie: An interesting solution to the water supply — limit population


By: Bryan McKenzie | Daily Progress
Published: June 08, 2012

Dredging is a good way to keep the local water supply safe and available to ourselves and our posterity, I thought while out standing in a Colorado field.

Building a bigger dam, as big as we can afford, is another way to make sure that the future remains damp as Central Virginia natives and newcomers fill in the ever expanding sea of condos, townhomes and subdivisions.

Putting a lid on the growth pressure cooker – setting a limit to the number of humans sucking on the community water straw – didn’t occur to me.

It occurred to Jack Marshall.

“If you want to assure that you have adequate supplies of a finite resource, you can’t have an endless exponential increase in population,” Mr. Marshall said while awaiting a Reuben at Cville Coffee. “In my work as an anthropologist, I saw many instances historically of communities that grew economically and by population while there was enough water supply and then, once the population reached certain levels and water resources became scarce.”

You don’t need to take a road trip in your Chevy to guess what happened when the levee was dry.

Mr. Marshall has an idea for conserving water in the future. The idea is simple; set a population limit for the city and county to assure that there will be adequate resources and zone properties so as to provide no more housing than is dictated by the needs of that set population.

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