How Do We Stop Losing Water To The Oceans Asks Sharon Kleyne

Where Is the New Water Technology That Will Prevent Water Running Away to the Oceans. Sharon Kleyne Rainwater Is Escaping Human Use at an Alarming Rate.

Sharon Kleyne, founder and director of Bio-Logic Aqua® Research Water Life Science® is concerned about the process of fresh water running off to the oceans and she would like government leaders and scientists to commit to programs and new technology that will allow us to save this precious resource for human health and use. Kleyne, of course, is not arguing that oceans are bad! Quite the opposite is true. Oceans are giant receptacles of water that evaporates and replenishes the earth’s atmosphere. Water running into the oceans from rivers and as rain is a natural part of the process.

Yet, as the world contends with water shortages and a water crisis that negatively affects human health, Kleyne and other researchers are concerned that too much water run-off is creating a dangerous imbalance.

But just how much water are we talking about? According to the USGS Water Science School, only a third of the rainwater that falls over land runs off into streams and rivers and returns to the oceans. The other two-thirds evaporates or soaks into groundwater. Surface runoff can also be diverted by humans for their own uses. In fact, the most runoff occurs in heavily populated and industrial areas where roads and concrete and asphalt create relatively non-porous surfaces over which water rapidly travels. Where humans are most active, rainwater runoff will be at its highest.

Other factors contributing to runoff include type of precipitation (rain, snow, hale), rainfall amount, duration and intensity, temperature, wind and humidity. These are called meteorological factors. Physical factors affecting runoff include topography, elevation and the presence of lakes, ponds, reservoirs and streams that prevent rapid runoff.

What Kleyne and other water advocates would like to see is research and new technology that would make it feasible to capture much more of the rainwater that currently runs to the oceans so that it can be put to human use. Kleyne believes that will take a lot more water education for everyone and much more commitment from our local and national elected officials.


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