In the wake of the driest 16-year period in the known history of the Southwest, it seems fair to ask:
Has anything positive come of this dry spell? Anything at all?
The answer, of course, is… of course. Of course there are positives.
The general public, for example, understands (and appreciates) far more about the inherent value of water than we did just a few years ago.
We have learned that even in the wettest of eras, fresh, clean water is an asset to be valued, protected and conserved, since its essential presence in a community is never assured for long.