Thursday, July 24, 2014
Monday, October 28, 2013
The history of mining in Jerome Arizona has a checkered past. Millions of dollars were earned by the mining companies and some of the towns (at least in Arizona) received a public building or two. But the destruction of people and the environment carried a horrible toll.
|An open pit with a head frame half hidden behind shrubbery. |
Head frames were used to lower and raise miners from the
88 miles of below-ground tunnels.
Myths, legends and a few factual stories have survived about the brothels, legendary madams, some of the saloons and epic fist and gun fights. What is never questioned is why nothing has grown for sixty years on these piles of waste.
|Mines in Jerome ceased operation in 1953. The scale of these|
waste "layers" can be determined by the apparent size of
the 2-story houses at the lower right of the photograph above.
Despite airborne pollution (toxic dust) and ground water toxicity due to 60 years of rainfall percolating through these piles, mining may begin again in West Jerome .
|NOTHING has grown on this waste material in 60 years.|
If Cornerstone Metals, Inc. indeed comes to Jerome it may well find a mixed reception.
Friday, October 25, 2013
I remember the surprise one day when I found that the local Safeway in Cottonwood was selling gallon jugs of water for less than it was being sold in
Cleveland, OH (bottled,
of course, in ). New York
About that time I read Charles Bowden's Killing the Hidden Waters and realized I wasn't crazy...at least there was one other person thinking as I was.
Water is a diminishing resource and should be taxed or priced as such.
The small town of
Clarkdale, , has restructured its water rates
and found that usage dropped by 50%. Arizona
The small town of
Growing population in the state is part of the problem and, candidly, I've thought endlessly for a solution of how one would control population in
Part of the problem will have to rest on price or rate structure...not a popular solution these days.
Tax water use to a level that prohibits lush lawns in Phoenix, tax it to a level that prohibits economical establishment of cotton farms in southern parts of the state, tax it to the extent that makes stock/stock tanks uneconomical, tax it so you question flushing the toilet every time you pee.
Charge enough so that makes an 8,000 gallon swimming pool in
a true luxury Phoenix
The first year or two I was out here, water wasn't an issue. I've noticed, increasingly, that one water issue or another is becoming a factor in mining or, less so, the weather.
Realistically, a water inventory for the state needs to be established and maybe the results will point the way to a solution.