It has always been a battle in the West since modernization came to townâ€”this perpetual creep of industry, infrastructure, and people. Without it, we would not have the opportunity to live in this great land, but with it, we have a very serious problem to face.
How do we balance economic growth with conservation/preservation?
As a geological engineer/hydrogeologist-to-be, this is an especially critical question that I will be forced to face in the future as a professional. Right now, I face it as a modern-day mountain man and citizen who loves the outdoors and preservation thereof. Anything unnatural is a real burr in my saddle, but, at the same time, I feel power and water should be relatively cheap and easy to get. That is why America is so prosperous. We have cheap and readily available infrastructure.
Currently, there are several dams that are either under construction or on paper for construction. People are split on the issue in each case, but especially in some areas. Considering the fact that we are carving into the earth and forever changing landscapes, it is easy to see where the argument spawns.
Needless to say, these projects affect the outdoorsman and locals the most when put into place. That means you and me. This said, what is your voice on the issue? Where does it end and how should that be determined? The issue is touchy, but someone has to draw the line eventually and, since it must be done, only the best should be handling the stick.