March 11, 2014
Radio Host Endorses UN World Water
Day Support of Dam Building
Reservoirs Provide Fresh Water and Low Cost Energy without Polluting the Environment Reports Radio Host Sharon Kleyne
Radio commentator and fresh water researcher Sharon Kleyne concedes that her advocacy of dam building disturbs those who prefer their rivers wild and natural. However, the position taken by the outspoken host of the Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water® radio show is identical to that of United Nations World Water Day, celebrated each year on March 22.
The critical importance of water collection and storage, and of hydropower, is highlighted in the in the lead article on the 2014 World Water Day website (http://www.unwater.org/worldwaterday/).
The globally syndicated Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water® radio show is broadcast on the VoiceAmerica Variety Channel, Health and Wellness Channel, and Apple iTunes. Sharon Kleyne is Founder of Bio-Logic Aqua Research, a fresh water, atmosphere and health research and product development center. Natures Tears® EyeMist® is the Research Center's global signature product for dry eye.
According to Kleyne, fresh water storage is essential to human survival. Fresh water, Kleyne explains, falls from the sky, and often flows on the ground, in widely varying and unreliable patterns. Human survival, however, requires fresh water every single day. Fresh water that runs unimpeded to the ocean is of little benefit to humans except for transportation. Kleyne notes that humans are uniquely able to use intelligence, innovation and technology to meet their survival needs. This includes the collection, storage, recycling and conservation of water
Sharon Kleyne - and UN World Water Day - believes that reservoirs and hydropower are the most cost effective and least environmentally damaging means of providing safe and reliable water for drinking, agriculture, sanitation, and industry, and for generating inexpensive energy for economic development.
According to the World Water Day website, 768 million people in the world, mostly in Africa, Asia and South and Central America, lack safe and reliable access to drinking water. 2.5 billion of Earth's 7 billion people lack basic sanitation facilities such as sewers, septic tanks, toilets and fresh water for hand and dish washing, and bathing.
Economic development, Kleyne contends, is not possible without adequate fresh water. In addition to drinking, cooking and sanitation, fresh water is required for agriculture, industry and commerce. Creating a viable fresh water infrastructure requires energy. And the most logical clean energy source for pumping and treating water is hydropower. Wind and solar power are also non-polluting.
According to Kleyne, the number of individuals employed in the global water industry, from village well mechanics in Kenya to water treatment workers in Washington State, exceeds the number of employees in the petroleum industry and are estimated in the tens of millions. Water recycling and bottling are becoming billion-dollar global industries
Without improved fresh water access, many societies remain locked in the age-old system of men working at subsistence farming and women and children spending most of the day fetching water and caring it back in jugs. This system, according to Kleyne, is a major impediment to economic development that relegates women to hard labor and prevents the education of children.
Kleyne cites several additional benefits to dams and reservoirs. They mitigate the impact of floods, recharge the ground water aquifer, attract wildlife, and provide a significant health benefit by helping humidify the atmosphere.
The atmospheric benefit should not be overlooked, says Kleyne. All life on Earth requires water to survive and all terrestrial life requires gasified water vapor in the atmosphere, also called "humidity." Fresh water vapor that evaporates from the Earth's surface and rises as humidity enables oxygen exchange in the lungs and creates the rain producing clouds upon which life depends. If the humidity becomes too low or polluted, the amount of rainfall and the health of the air we breathe can be severely impacted.
Kleyne urges everyone to observe UN World Water Day on March 22 by educating themselves about the global water crisis and then by becoming involved. Kleyne regards the global fresh water crisis as the number one challenges to human ingenuity and technology. When people put politics aside and come together to solve a mutual problem, Kleyne believes, all things are possible, new technologies will arise and lives will be saved. That is the mission of UN World Water Day and of Sharon Kleyne's Power of Water® philosophy.
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