The Founder’s Pen

~by Susi Pittman

October 27, 2014: Water is our MOST Vital Resource—thoughts to consider with regards to AMENDMENT ONE in Florida

The Earth as seen from space has been referred to as the Big Blue Marble because of the vast presence of water upon the sphere. Without water, all plants, animals and humans would cease to exist. Humans could live almost a month without food, but, only a week without water. What an amazing creation is this life giving water from the mind of God!

About 71 percent of the Earth’s surface is water-covered, and the oceans hold about 96.5 percent of all Earth’s water. Glaciers hold about 2 percent of Earth’s water. In the United States, we are using our freshwater faster than we can recharge our groundwater. More than 50% of the U.S. wetlands that purify and recharge our ground water have been destroyed.

Uniquely, all the water in Florida comes from groundwater. Florida does not have mountains or underground rivers. The Floridan Aquifer supplies over 90% of Florida’s drinking water and is recognized as one of the most productive aquifers IN THE WORLD. Why would we want to gamble destroying such an amazing treasure of life?

Each day Floridians use @ 2.5 BILLION gallons of water from the Floridan Aquifer. Recent research shows that between 4,000 to 5,000 people are moving to Florida each week. Increasing demands for water come with increased need for responsible sustainability of our state’s water resources.

I worked for the Florida Park Service at the Itchetucknee Springs State park this past summer. This amazing river is one of the clearest and purest left in the state. Enough water flows out of the Itchetucknee River every 24-hours (230 million gallons), that it could give every human being on earth (almost 7 billion) a cup of water to drink.

We must insure preservation of such a gift.

It isn’t inexhaustible, nor is the rest of Florida’s waters.

We are a state in crisis and NOW is the time to take a definitive stand to protect our water resources.

I ask you as a concerned citizen to please visit VOTE YES ON 1 and share in the value of not only the need for clean water but, also the importance of a clean water environment for people and animals to utilize.

THE CYCLE OF THE EARTH’S WATER

Water exists in the air as water vapor, in rivers and lakes, in icecaps and glaciers, in the ground as soil moisture and in aquifers, and even in you and your dog. Water is all around us—on the land, in the air and under the ground. All living things have water in them.

The human body is about 70 percent water, which constantly needs to be replaced by the water in liquids we drink and the foods we eat.

Water is the only substance that is found naturally in all three states of matter…solid, liquid and gas. Water is the only common substance that is lighter as a solid than it is as a liquid. As water molecules slow down and freeze, they spread apart causing the water to expand when it freezes. Because of this, ice is less dense than water and that is why it floats. Water is a universal solvent that can dissolve almost any substance. Think about how easily salt and sugar dissolve and how we use water to dissolve the dirt when we clean dishes, cars, clothes and our skin.

Something to note: Essentially the same amount of water exists on Earth today as there was millions of years ago. Water moves in a never ending cycle that is called the water cycle. So, the water you are using today may have been a drink for a dinosaur. In the water cycle, the same water circles endlessly through its different phases, from the oceans, through the air, to the land and back to the oceans.

Case in point: At the time of the Paleoindian cultures in Florida, the state of Florida was actually 280 miles wide, as the ocean levels were lower, in comparison to the width today which is approximately 145 miles.

The rise and fall of the oceans, the advance and recession of the glaciers, cyclical solar system warming trends and cooling trends and volcanoes all play a part in the global placement of water in and around land masses.

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Susi Pittman is founder of CatholicStewardsofCreation.com and Owner-President of Twin Oaks Publishing; she is author of Animals in Heaven? Catholics Want to Know!; an advocate for the Florida Catholic Conference; a member of the St. Joseph’s Catholic Council of Women in Jacksonville, Florida; an Associate of the Sisters of St. Joseph, St. Augustine;a member of the Florida Publishers Association, Independent Book Publishers Association, the National Association of Professional Women, the ASPCA, the Humane Society of the United States and the National Audubon society.

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