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(Fox News)   Lake Mead's water level drops to historic low. Las Vegas mobsters now use hotel room bathtubs for their victims while awaiting a good downpour   (latino.foxnews.com) divider line 6
    More: Scary, Lake Mead, water levels, Bureau of Reclamation, desalination plants, water conservations, Southern Nevada, Imperial Valley, alfalfa  
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2014-08-14 10:40:37 AM  
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California just passed a ballot measure for a water bond that may or may not help them. I haven't read the details (and fark threw away the link)

Lake Powell is releasing water to raise Mead's levels. 1080 may be the lowest point this season.

John Wesley Powell knew they'd suck that river dry. It is just a matter of time.

We are getting very good at conserving water on a larger scale in the West, but the problem is the demand far outstrips the supply. A LOT of the foods this nation depends on comes from California and even Arizona. Most of the water use is still agricultural and the game of balance between lowered surface water costs versus pumping precious ground water is critical. It is cheaper to pump groundwater, but that is a finite resource.

I don't know what the long term holds, but I can tell you I've been to meetings with some of the water hawks here in Arizona. They seem to like their position and want to punt the football down the line to someone else. Worse, in 2009 the Arizona Legislature, in all its Tea Party infused goodness of cutting and gutting Government waste, cut Arizona's Department of Water Resources budget by 70%. In the middle of a drought. "It assumed that because all the big pieces were in place, Arizona water policy could run on autopilot. That was short-sighted. Very. Short. Sighted." I wonder if they'll restore that budget cut. They haven't, so far.

As for those who quote Sam Kinnison and living in a desert- there is some truth to it. However, places like Phoenix are at the junction of rivers that have flowed for centuries and longer and were home to cultures far older the that of the US. But, again, the problem is over population.
2014-08-14 03:12:26 PM  
1 votes:

vudukungfu: Let's water our golf courses and huge-ass mega-church lawns. the injuns aren't allowed in, anyway.


Golf courses should not be allowed to be constructed in the goddamned desert. Alternatively, you play on green painted sand. Why the fark we waste so much water on a retarded game boggles the farking mind.
2014-08-14 01:27:57 PM  
1 votes:
Fark all those assholes.

Let's kick the Injuns out, they aren't growing anything anyway.

Let's dam up taht river and drown the beautifuyl canyon, they injuns aren't using it anyway.

Let's water our golf courses and huge-ass mega-church lawns. the injuns aren't allowed in, anyway.

Hey, we're out of water.

Go fark yourselves with a barrel cactus.
2014-08-14 11:56:32 AM  
1 votes:
Next up will be shutting down the bottled water plants in California. Bottled water is a luxury item. Drinking water and farming take priority over that.
2014-08-14 11:16:40 AM  
1 votes:
I'd rather not click a FoxNews link.

Here's an interview on NPR.
2014-08-14 11:06:31 AM  
1 votes:
I think the answer to this is more fracking.
 
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