October 12, 2013

Liberty Reservoir after Tropical Storm Karen.

Copyright 2013 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

And so the rains did come… as much as 2.52 inches fell on 10/10/13  and up to 3.20 inches was falling on 10/11/13 as this post was being drafted.  It is important to note that these were the two largest amounts recorded for these periods and they occurred in different parts of the state of Maryland.  It has been awhile since we have seen this amount of rain, and Liberty Reservoir is better off for it.  In fact, this photograph was made today and the water level has already receded noticeably from yesterday.

The trial the runs along Liberty Reservoir.

Copyright 2013 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

The rain was needed and the grasses and leaves appear to be much greener than prior to this storm.  It certainly looks like I will have to cut the grass at least one more time-I thought I was finished for the season.

Trash that was washed along the road near Liberty Reservoir.

Copyright 2013 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

The downside of such a large amount of water falling in a relatively short amount of time is the degree of run-off that occurs.  The natural ground is unable to absorb the moisture and the built environment provides no chance for absorption and so the water skates along surfaces and takes the top soil and trash with it.  Other pollutants are also washed into the waterways, and it is for this reason that earlier this year the state of Maryland enacted a “Rain Tax”-this link is an explanation of the tax and its history. Run-off into the Chesapeake Bay has led to a great deal of pollution and the development of aptly named “dead zones”; therefore the Environmental Protection Agency has established limits in an attempt to return the Bay to a healthy state.  This tax is the result.

It is always interesting, and not a little distressing, to see the manner in which climate change, our lifestyles, and the environment interact to create such a synergy of consequences.  And those consequences take many different forms.  For instance, we continue to purchase stuff that is casually, or not so casually, thrown away leaving detrius along roadways and in neighborhoods, thus creating unsightly trash.  Our lifestyles and products are based around the consumption of fossil fuels, which contribute to the heating of the planet and these changes to the weather systems around the globe.  Then folks become unhappy with “cap and trade” proposals on a large scale or taxes on a local scale when used to offset said lifestyle choices.  Indeed.

Take care.

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