First Ever Water Shortage Emergency Declared in Colorado River Basin
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This is going to be bad news for Calif.
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August 19, 2021 at 3:20 PM #441022alcinaParticipant
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Apparently for at least a month now, he’s been asking his citizens to pray for rain. Given the continuing drought — and the fact that the governor recently appealed to the federal government for help — I’d have to conclude that, yet again, thoughts and prayers aren’t the answer.
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August 19, 2021 at 11:42 PM #441126Bernie BoomerParticipant
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The phrase I saw was “seniority status” – but I think that translates to “political clout.”
The Colorado River Compact was signed by the seven states at the same time. Yes, California got the bulk of the lower basin water allotment, but that’s not seniority. I haven’t read the details yet; sometimes it’s annoying to have to dig and dig to find what you need to know.
Arizona is the hardest hit this round, because they use so much of their allotment for agriculture and, honestly, they don’t really knuckle down on water waste from what I’ve seen.
Nevada (read southern Nevada) lost a chunk of our already tiny allotment (600,000 acre feet), but Clark County, where all the people live, has reduced its water consumption 46% over the last twenty years through restrictions, regulation, and an incredibly effective program to swap out grass for desert landscaping. So, for now, Las Vegas and environs won’t notice too much of a difference. Once thing the County will put into place is the removal of “non-functional” grass – like the stuff businesses plant or the grassy verges around apartment complexes (that sucks for off-setting heat from all the concrete, though). Watering restrictions are going to go year-round now (before, they didn’t restrict in the winter) and fines for waste will go up – they are pretty hefty already.
A local news station released an investigative report last week, naming and shaming the top residential water wasters. Not surprisingly, it was the rich folks – a stray Saudi princeling, Steve Wynn, a few venture capitalists, one of the Walton brood . . .
The casinos do make some serious conservation efforts, but I would think they’ll be asked to do more.
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