For a profession, I am a wildland restoration practicioner - I have nothing but the utmost respect for nature. That being said, I have to say this opinion piece sounds utterly naive & fallacy-ridden. Emily, don't pick a random high-precipitation year (1998) & then try to pass off this stastical outlier as baseline data. Simply put, the climate here is very different from where you moved here from. Don't compare the two at face value - go learn some more Earth science & about this locality's uniqueness before shouting your ignorance from the mountaintop. There are plenty more local natural resource issues of greater priority than a few people sprinkling sidewalks going on here... For example, do you have any noxious weeds growing on your property? Invasive species are the second-greatest threat to biodiversity. Or, maybe Emily, you could try to stop the greatest threat - habitat loss. You might as well tell people to stop building things.
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