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(AZCentral)   Not to alarm anyone who lives in the Southwest and enjoys drinking water, but it looks like the Colorado River is starting to dry up   (azcentral.com) divider line 218
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2013-08-17 03:32:24 AM  
The Colorado River hasn't really made it to the Sea of Cortez in decades thanks to Utah, Nevada, Arizona and California.  It's been drying up for a long time.  Now that average rainfall has been decreasing ..... adios.
 
2013-08-17 03:38:44 AM  
fark you, zonies. Get your own water.
 
2013-08-17 03:56:09 AM  
Here's a thought: Don't live in a desert. California is importing huge amounts of water from Oregon for farms in central California, and I think that needs to stop. If there isn't enough water to grow crops there, then move your farm to where the water is. If you can't live somewhere because water is scarce, go where the water is.

It's a pretty simple concept, applies from Arizona to Ethiopia.
 
2013-08-17 04:00:56 AM  

MmmmBacon: Here's a thought: Don't live in a desert.


B-b-but ...
4.bp.blogspot.com

L.A. is a coastal desert.
 
2013-08-17 04:12:35 AM  
Dear Phoenix and Scottsdale,

F*ck your golf courses.

Hugs and kisses,

ecmoRandomNumbers
 
2013-08-17 04:17:30 AM  

ecmoRandomNumbers: Dear Phoenix and Scottsdale,

F*ck your golf courses.

Hugs and kisses,

ecmoRandomNumbers


When you can take a small, Podunk town in the middle of the desert and actually raise the humidity level - significantly - with your pools, watered lawns and golf courses, you know you've made it as a species.
 
2013-08-17 04:25:34 AM  

phlegmmo: MmmmBacon: Here's a thought: Don't live in a desert.

B-b-but ...
[4.bp.blogspot.com image 450x300]

L.A. is a coastal desert.


And most of that water is undrinkable, unless heavily treated. Maybe California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas can get started on building massive desalination plants along the coasts to get their water, rather than taking it from the places that are naturally habitable?
 
2013-08-17 04:30:21 AM  

MmmmBacon: phlegmmo: MmmmBacon: Here's a thought: Don't live in a desert.

B-b-but ...
[4.bp.blogspot.com image 450x300]

L.A. is a coastal desert.

And most of that water is undrinkable, unless heavily treated. Maybe California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas can get started on building massive desalination plants along the coasts to get their water, rather than taking it from the places that are naturally habitable?


Santa Barbara already did that because of their limited and unreliable sources.  L.A. needs to follow suit.
 
2013-08-17 07:34:10 AM  
If we just give tax cuts to the rich this will go away. Don't invest money into a solution. Socialism never works.
 
2013-08-17 07:53:19 AM  
I've been waiting for Sierra Club to take on the injustice of sucking the Colorado dry before it hits the Sea of Cortez. How much ecosystem was destroyed by that, yet nary a peep.

Guess they know where their donations come from.
 
2013-08-17 09:10:30 AM  
When I lived in Yuma, you could pretty much walk across the river.
 
2013-08-17 09:49:02 AM  

phlegmmo: ecmoRandomNumbers: Dear Phoenix and Scottsdale,

F*ck your golf courses.

Hugs and kisses,

ecmoRandomNumbers

When you can take a small, Podunk town in the middle of the desert and actually raise the humidity level - significantly - with your pools, watered lawns and golf courses, you know you've made it as a species.


This. L.A. never used to be muggy. Now it's like I'm back in Texas with all the humidity.

/not cool when you have 105 temps to go with it. A dry heat is actually at least tolerable.
 
2013-08-17 09:52:57 AM  

MmmmBacon: phlegmmo: MmmmBacon: Here's a thought: Don't live in a desert.

B-b-but ...
[4.bp.blogspot.com image 450x300]

L.A. is a coastal desert.

And most of that water is undrinkable, unless heavily treated. Maybe California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas can get started on building massive desalination plants along the coasts to get their water, rather than taking it from the places that are naturally habitable?


New Mexico has a coast?
 
2013-08-17 10:07:53 AM  

MmmmBacon: Maybe California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas can get started on building massive desalination plants along the coasts to get their water,


Came here to say this. A line of desalinization plants along the coast is long overdue.

i.imgur.com

That way, they'd have enough salt to last forever.
 
2013-08-17 10:14:21 AM  
You should see what the people west of the Mississippi have done to the groundwater.
 
2013-08-17 10:14:44 AM  
Meh.. This is nothing new.. People have been trying to hammer this home for decades and no one will give a shiat till it is gone.

i.imgur.com
 
2013-08-17 10:15:42 AM  

MmmmBacon: Here's a thought: Don't live in a desert. California is importing huge amounts of water from Oregon for farms in central California, and I think that needs to stop.


Say goodbye to half the nation's produce.

/especially almonds
 
2013-08-17 10:16:21 AM  
Runnin' out of water in the desert, huh? Let's take a closer look. Oh, now, see, this looks like your problem, right here.

www.digitaltrends.com
 
2013-08-17 10:17:54 AM  
And we're one step closer to

24.media.tumblr.com
 
2013-08-17 10:18:18 AM  

phlegmmo: MmmmBacon: Here's a thought: Don't live in a desert.

B-b-but ...


L.A. is a coastal desert.


It's also a desert of talent.
 
2013-08-17 10:20:56 AM  

MmmmBacon: phlegmmo: MmmmBacon: Here's a thought: Don't live in a desert.

B-b-but ...
[4.bp.blogspot.com image 450x300]

L.A. is a coastal desert.

And most of that water is undrinkable, unless heavily treated. Maybe California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas can get started on building massive desalination plants along the coasts to get their water, rather than taking it from the places that are naturally habitable?


Lake Mead is so full of estrogen-like compounds from birth control, it's turning the male fish in the lake into females.
 
2013-08-17 10:21:52 AM  
Haven't people been warning about this since the fifties? This problem has been a long time coming.
 
2013-08-17 10:22:09 AM  
Whiskey's for drinking, water's for fightin'
 
2013-08-17 10:22:22 AM  
MmmmBacon:

It's a pretty simple concept, applies from Arizona to Ethiopia.

Yeah why can't all those Ethopians just hope in their SUVs and go somewhere better?
 
2013-08-17 10:22:37 AM  

ecmoRandomNumbers: Dear Phoenix and Scottsdale,

F*ck your golf courses.

Hugs and kisses,

ecmoRandomNumbers


What about the golf courses in Mesa, Tempe, Glendale, Sun City and all of the other suburbs?  Scottsdale doesn't have any more golf courses than any other Phoenix suburb, so stop with your eco douche bag but hurt.   I can tell you have no understanding what type of water is used to water most of the golf courses in this county.
 
2013-08-17 10:24:32 AM  

mbillips: Runnin' out of water in the desert, huh? Let's take a closer look. Oh, now, see, this looks like your problem, right here.

[www.digitaltrends.com image 850x566]


What you are looking at?  Indian Reservation on the right, or maybe Federal land, which most of Arizona is?
 
2013-08-17 10:24:45 AM  
New Mexico is already down to about 10% of its water reserve, and Arizona will soon follow suit.  Within the next 50 years, Phoenix, Tucson, Albuquerque, etc. are gonna be in a world of hurt.  LA will last a bit longer simply because CA has first dibs on the water coming out of the Colorado River over AZ.  Not sure how Vegas plays into the mix.  Golf courses, swimming pools, and lawns need to disappear from these desert regions ASAP if the people want to stick around for the foreseeable future.

It also boggles my mind that Phoenix and Tucson largely rely on water from the Colorado/Lake Mead/Lake Powell system.... water that needs to be pumped uphill across a desert all the way across the state.... in open-topped canals.  How much is simply lost to evaporation from the transport system?
 
2013-08-17 10:27:48 AM  

Shakin_Haitian: Haven't people been warning about this since the fifties? This problem has been a long time coming.


If I've learned anything from global warming deniers, it's that if we've been warned about a problem for a long time, it's never going to actually be a problem.
 
2013-08-17 10:29:02 AM  

Infobahn: ecmoRandomNumbers: Dear Phoenix and Scottsdale,

F*ck your golf courses.

Hugs and kisses,

ecmoRandomNumbers

What about the golf courses in Mesa, Tempe, Glendale, Sun City and all of the other suburbs?  Scottsdale doesn't have any more golf courses than any other Phoenix suburb, so stop with your eco douche bag but hurt.   I can tell you have no understanding what type of water is used to water most of the golf courses in this county.


I'm not sure if you are being sarcastic or not, but if you are serious, then you sir are a world class farktard.
 
2013-08-17 10:31:59 AM  

johnryan51: If we just give tax cuts to the rich this will go away. Don't invest money into a solution. Socialism never works. Herp derp.


FTFY

Your panacea "investing public money into a solution", aka getting the government to pay for all the water-diverting infrastructure, favorable land policies and tax incentives to agriculture and developer interests, and subsidizing the shiat out of water rates so that people are paying a fraction of the true cost of their water, are all what caused this to begin with.

So a far more relevant and accurate statement would be, "if we hadn't subsidized this it wouldn't have happened in the first place, and ending the subsidies is a first and key step to correcting the problem."
 
2013-08-17 10:31:59 AM  
This isn't really a major issue; it can be solved without much effort.  Simply release more greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere thereby increasing the melting of the polar ice-caps.  Bam!  More water for all and problem solved.

/ Do I have to think of everything around here?
 
2013-08-17 10:32:21 AM  
This is what happens when the states make a pact to divide up the river's water based on the flow during an unusually wet spell, after things go back to normal.
 
2013-08-17 10:33:13 AM  

IamKaiserSoze!!!: I've been waiting for Sierra Club to take on the injustice of sucking the Colorado dry before it hits the Sea of Cortez. How much ecosystem was destroyed by that, yet nary a peep.

Guess they know where their donations come from.


You could go to sierraclub.org and type "Colorado River" in the Search box.
 
2013-08-17 10:33:19 AM  
I guess no one's ever heard of Lake Roosevelt and the Salt river... Or lake Pleasant, or Bartlett reservoir or old-fashioned monsoons.  
Nope, here in phoenix, we must rely solely on the cement river coming from the Colorado 150 miles away...
 
2013-08-17 10:34:44 AM  

MmmmBacon: Here's a thought: Don't live in a desert. California is importing huge amounts of water from Oregon for farms in central California, and I think that needs to stop.


No we don't...not one drop.
 
2013-08-17 10:35:13 AM  
The governments of the reform are quite aware of the issues nod have been for a long time.

The citizens are from other states and they don't understand that they live in a desert and must learn to adapt to that.

The next great water projects out here will be that of conservation and retirement of agricultural areas. There are no more major projects that can save the region. Desal isn't there yet and California doesn't share well.
 
2013-08-17 10:35:39 AM  

Infobahn: ecmoRandomNumbers: Dear Phoenix and Scottsdale,

F*ck your golf courses.

Hugs and kisses,

ecmoRandomNumbers

What about the golf courses in Mesa, Tempe, Glendale, Sun City and all of the other suburbs?  Scottsdale doesn't have any more golf courses than any other Phoenix suburb, so stop with your eco douche bag but hurt.   I can tell you have no understanding what type of water is used to water most of the golf courses in this county.


Quick guess: the liquid type.
 
2013-08-17 10:35:59 AM  

ginandbacon: MmmmBacon: phlegmmo: MmmmBacon: Here's a thought: Don't live in a desert.

B-b-but ...
[4.bp.blogspot.com image 450x300]

L.A. is a coastal desert.

And most of that water is undrinkable, unless heavily treated. Maybe California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas can get started on building massive desalination plants along the coasts to get their water, rather than taking it from the places that are naturally habitable?

New Mexico has a coast?


I got some ocean front property in A-ri-zo-na.
From my front porch you can see the sea.
I got some ocean front property in A-ri-zo-na.
If you'll by that, I'll throw the Golden Gate in free.
 
2013-08-17 10:36:43 AM  
media.dead-frog.com

"We have deserts in America, we just don't LIVE IN THEM!"

You know there is something wrong when people deliberately try to discredit Sam Kinison by living in the desert.

/oh well, more water for us
/not you.
 
2013-08-17 10:37:10 AM  

MmmmBacon: Here's a thought: Don't live in a desert. California is importing huge amounts of water from Oregon for farms in central California, and I think that needs to stop. If there isn't enough water to grow crops there, then move your farm to where the water is. If you can't live somewhere because water is scarce, go where the water is.

It's a pretty simple concept, applies from Arizona to Ethiopia.


Ironically, this is where HOAs could be doing something USEFUL! Enforce no water-low water plantings. When nearly a third is used for irrigation purposes, this is a small thing that would make a big difference.

The biggest is steam for our electricity. Reclaiming even a portion of that (>1/3 used) would be a boon as well.
 
2013-08-17 10:37:31 AM  
Reform? Region. Stupid autocorrect
 
2013-08-17 10:37:39 AM  
As a species we don't really need water, we're just led to believe we do by the water barons.
I've survived perfectly fine these past twenty years supping on the moist dew from lady parts.
 
2013-08-17 10:38:42 AM  
I bet it's the farking rain barrels of all those hippies in Colorado!!!!
 
2013-08-17 10:39:24 AM  
Becoming an arid zona.
 
2013-08-17 10:40:49 AM  

phlegmmo: The Colorado River hasn't really made it to the Sea of Cortez in decades thanks to Utah, Nevada, Arizona and California.  It's been drying up for a long time.  Now that average rainfall has been decreasing ..... adios.


Done in one
 
2013-08-17 10:41:18 AM  

highrye: Infobahn: ecmoRandomNumbers: Dear Phoenix and Scottsdale,

F*ck your golf courses.

Hugs and kisses,

ecmoRandomNumbers

What about the golf courses in Mesa, Tempe, Glendale, Sun City and all of the other suburbs?  Scottsdale doesn't have any more golf courses than any other Phoenix suburb, so stop with your eco douche bag but hurt.   I can tell you have no understanding what type of water is used to water most of the golf courses in this county.

I'm not sure if you are being sarcastic or not, but if you are serious, then you sir are a world class farktard.


And I can tell you have no idea what you are talking about.
 
2013-08-17 10:41:22 AM  
ajgeek:
Ironically, this is where HOAs could be doing something USEFUL! Enforce no water-low water plantings. When nearly a third is used for irrigation purposes, this is a small thing that would make a big difference.

But that doesn't promote conformity and without conformity HOAs are nothing.

They like green lawns because all green lawns look the same and are easy to define and reinforce.

That's right, I am postulating that the reason for the massive overuse of the water supply is because of bureaucratic laziness.  Laziness of an ARTIFICIAL bureaucracy, I might add.
 
2013-08-17 10:42:18 AM  

Stone Meadow: MmmmBacon: Here's a thought: Don't live in a desert. California is importing huge amounts of water from Oregon for farms in central California, and I think that needs to stop.

No we don't...not one drop.


Just around 5 million acre feet of the Colorado River for the south.
 
2013-08-17 10:42:30 AM  

MmmmBacon: Here's a thought: Don't live in a desert.




byebyesuckas.com
 
2013-08-17 10:42:46 AM  

mbillips: Runnin' out of water in the desert, huh? Let's take a closer look. Oh, now, see, this looks like your problem, right here.

[www.digitaltrends.com image 850x566]


Holy shiat! Start xeriscaping you farkers.
 
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