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Letter: Utah heat this summer bodes poorly for our water sources

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Big Cottonwood Canyon Creek flows on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

Hoping to escape the unhealthy, smoky valley air, I hiked up Little Cottonwood Trail last Friday. Delighted by the crystal clear water that gently flowed down Little Cottonwood Creek, I reflected upon nature’s gift of water, coming from a mountain snowpack of the previous winter.

Upon returning home, I read Amy Joi O’Donoghue’s striking article, “August 2020 scorches Utah, burning through the record books,” (Aug. 28). She noted that August was on track to be the hottest August on record in Salt Lake City, and also that the five hottest summers in our state’s capital city have occurred since 2007.

Our warming climate is nibbling away at our life-giving snowpack. What kind of earth stewardship are we practicing by allowing this to happen? When I say “we,” I’m talking about our collective civilization, as climate change is both a global and a local problem.

On a national level, we need policy that reinstates U.S. leadership and guides international efforts to address human-caused climate change. Locally we must vote for candidates who advance effective policy. Our natural water reservoirs will be part of our future — or not, depending on whom we elect.

David Folland