In case any of you missed this in the PD:
Ben Stone, coordinator of the county’s Economic Development Board, said his office would convene a private industry task force to translate the meaning of “sustainability” for individual businesses.
“It challenges our assumptions that there will always be water when we turn on the tap,” Stone said. “Our local economy has been on cruising speed for 20 years, and yet the work force is changing, our water supply is running out and our landfill is so full we are hauling out our garbage.”
Stone said the task force should consider such scenarios as the wine industry’s being affected by ground-water depletion, labor shortages and shifting consumer tastes.
“This should be a point of reflection on our major assumptions,” Stone said. “If they reach the point of rationing water, how exactly are the businesspeople going to react before they hit the red panic button?”
So, we’re “running out of water.” That’s official. As if WE didn’t know…