80 Million Gallon Summer 40 Million-Gallon Winter
Exhibited at Holland Project Gallery in Reno NV.
I was recently struck by a statistic about Reno’s water usage; 80 million gallons of fresh water are used every day in the summer months and 40 million gallons of fresh water are used in the winter.
This statistic amazed me. While I certainly understand you need more drinking water in the summer heat, 17% of that water is used to keep people’s lawns lush and green.
How are we affected by this? How do wetlands and rivers fare? Which chemicals are used to treat water? What are the long-term effects upon our landscape, flora and fauna?
With this body of work I aim highlight species that adapt and thrive among catastrophic ecological events. I have chosen the Truckee River, Pyramid Lake and Lake Tahoe because of their fresh drinkable water and because of the tumultuous history of water and ecology in Nevada.