Bob wrote: illy dilly wrote:
Bob wrote:Ridiculous objection to an innocuous rule. Try again.
You talking to your self again Bob? Or who?
The OP seems to be arguing about simple established rules, based on his feeble objections to the methods and reasons given.
If I have enough water for washing dishes, I also spread my cooler water around on the ground (though in tight area in my campsite, since it is a significantly greater amount of water). It's just dust and water (and < 0.001% microbial biomass that exists in our atmosphere already).
I'm proud to have left no visible trace at my campsite. All things considered, are there bacteria still decomposing microscopic particles of hemp seed oil soap somewhere on D street near 3:40? Possibly, though it would be difficult to prove with all of that pond water sprayed over it.
I certainly agree that it would have been best to dump this water into the evap pond. At the time, I thought about what it says on the grey water FAQ about spreading "clean" grey water on the street to keep the dust down. However, it makes sense that this can create an unnecessary hazard for people and should be avoided if possible.
But seriously speaking, the contents of the water that I dumped on to D street were:
Microorganisms that live on my feet (in contact with the ground at all times regardless).
Dead skin cells shedding off of my feet (also an inevitable "trace" left by everyone who attends).
Technically, it does leave a trace, even if the trace is invisible. I do not object to that. However, in my estimation, this is more of an issue of to what extent one is a Leave No Trace purist.
I don't think anyone can claim have left zero detectable trace. Your skin sheds on the playa, your hair falls out, exhaust from your car emits tiny caustic particles that settle on the ground, the Man burns and microscopic ash particles become one with the playa and are never recovered, etc. If spreading "clean" grey water on the neighborhood roadways (which are watered with that icky water from that pond anyways) leaves no visible trace and doesn't interfere with anyone's experience, I really can't see how it's an issue.
I'm not negating the rules, I'm just trying to reach for information, and have an intelligent discussion on the differing philosophies relating to this issue.