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Water Conservation. Asheville’s primary water source: The North Fork Reservoir. Serving parts of South Asheville:. The French Broad River. Outside of city limits, aquifers provide our drinking water. Central pivot irrigation. The Ogallala Aquifer.

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serving parts of south asheville
Serving parts of South Asheville:

The French Broad River

the ogallala aquifer
The Ogallala Aquifer
  • Is used to support our nation’s breadbasket
  • Is located beneath the high plains and covers a vast area that is largely dry
  • Is symbolic of the overuse of


  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XwfDN_gA5Uk
potential complications with large dams
Potential complications with large dams
  • Destroy plant and animal habitat
  • Impacts fish migration (salmon, eels)
  • Still water has less oxygen and more methane
  • Increased evaporation
  • Increased salinity in some areas
  • Border disputes may arise
  • May impact peoples’ homes, cultural resources
three gorges dam
Three Gorges Dam
  • Largest Dam in the World
  • Now Fully Operational
  • Opposed by Many Environmentalists
  • Benefits of Dam:
    • Hydroelectricity
    • Flood control
    • Facilitates shipping

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big ideas to provide more freshwater
Big Ideas to Provide More Freshwater
  • Seeding Clouds (why is this crazy?)
  • Towing iceburgs (why is this crazy?)
  • Desalination of ocean water (not so crazy, but expensive)


In Tampa Bay

ways to conserve fresh water
Ways to Conserve Fresh Water
  • Agriculture: drip irrigation, soaker hoses, mulches, cover crops
  • Industry: discourage building on wetlands and floodplains; encourage gray water recycling
  • Domestic use: class brainstorm