We understand from the news that Parksville is considering creating a separate ‘budget’ for dead trees based on the most recent stage four water restrictions. Surprise, surprise, trees die without water.
You’ll note, we’re not using the word “drought.” In our view, a drought describes an extended time when a region receives a deficiency in its water supply over which it has no control.
We have read in this paper and elsewhere about many great ideas and examples on how to manage our water resources so that we have plenty of water in storage when we need it most. If the powers that be do not have the will to implement these ideas then why would we be using taxpayer monies and resources to plant and re-plant more trees every year when there is no water to maintain them.
Maybe plastic trees would be the solution?
We should be using our efforts and monies to fix our water storage problems and forget planting trees, grass and other plants until we resolve the water problems. This, like many issues, is not about waste, it’s about lack of good leadership and management foresight.
Wayne and Heather NevilleParksville