Here on Long Island it is duck hunting season. Yes even in this maul to mall island there are still wild ducks waiting to be shot. In fact we still even have a deer hunting season. Of course there are rules about how many ducks you can take, and of course you have to shoot them. You are not allowed to just poison a whole pond and hope the ducks land and die.
Of course not every State or Country is as restrictive as we are here. Take our Canadian neighbors to the north. You can kill 500 Ducks if you want and it does not even have to be on purpose.
The low price of oil and the rising price of water may conspire to put an end to Canadian mass Duck hunting. Older oil sands projects may continue with oil below $50 but it is hard to finance new production below $70 and it does take a lot of water to steam the tar out of the sand. The water becomes a hazardous waste liability afterward, instead of being a valuable product. It is amazing to me that Canadians are willing to destroy their water and land in order to bring the US 1mil barrels/day when we might soon be grateful to pay an even higher price for Canada to just pipe the water off the surface and down to the Green River basin. Once through the Wind River Mountains the water will naturally flow downhill to the already half empty Lake Powell where it could supply irrigation to the fools who grow lawns in the desert. Of course it would have been far smarter to have just built the houses where the water is, but it has been a long time since America showed any common sense. The price of using more water than you get naturally, is not in the planning yet. The price of poisoning water forever, well thats just the fourth or fifth dumbest thing ever.
I have also made some posts about the drought in the American South East. This past year has been an exceptionally rainy season and has alleviated some of the problem. Unfortunately Lake Lanier, the major water source to Atlanta, did not benefit. It has improved from "exceptionally" dry to "extremely" dry, and the rainy season is just beginning. It still has a long way to go in order to improve to "severe" drought conditions.