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Ralph Maughan

Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University with specialties in natural resource politics, public opinion, interest groups, political parties, voting and elections. Aside from academic publications, he is author or co-author of three hiking/backpacking guides, and he is past President of the Western Watersheds Project.

4 Responses to Some info just in case you want to conserve water

  1. avatar Maska says:

    Not too many surprises in the graphic, although I wasn’t aware of the difference in water use between a cup of coffee and a cup of tea. Also, it was a surprise to learn that more water goes into producing a glass of wine than a pint of beer. I wonder if the amount of water involved in that pint of beer drops a bit if you buy it in returnable growlers at your local microbrewery, rather than in aluminum cans or throw-away glass bottles.

  2. Maybe grapes take more water than hops and barley. Just a guess.

  3. avatar Virginia says:

    Our recycling center takes both aluminum cans and glass bottles, so does that give us permission to buy beer and wine? I notice they did not mention the cost of watering a ridiculous lawn.

  4. avatar paulWTAMU says:

    Yeah, let me spend money I don’t have to replace all the appliances, faucets and the toilet in my house. Let me remodel and re-plumb the kitchen so I can have a dishwasher too. :p Not happening.


March 2009


‎"At some point we must draw a line across the ground of our home and our being, drive a spear into the land and say to the bulldozers, earthmovers, government and corporations, “thus far and no further.” If we do not, we shall later feel, instead of pride, the regret of Thoreau, that good but overly-bookish man, who wrote, near the end of his life, “If I repent of anything it is likely to be my good behaviour."

~ Edward Abbey

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