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Published: Sunday, May 13 2012 6:00 p.m. MDT

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Mary E Petty
Sandy, UT

I love the quality/choice/access of life that is available here in America.Is this way of life sustainable or are the doomsayers going to get their way (civilization is headed for a return to the ice age for the majority.)

Future's big question: Who will have the choice/access to live - shuttling at will between rural and city life with their all varying amenities/access to modern civilization or caveman-like- existence? Frankly, I like living in a modern world and don't want to go back to a future with a 3rd world cave existence for the majority. I reject the vision of the elite who see modern life as only for the few because their economic/political system only supports access/choice for their chosen. You know darn right that no matter what happens, those that have the power and are the affirmative action elite-chosen ones - they will have the quality, the choices and the access to modern comforts.

My answer: We the People must choose the principles of Love (God and Thy Neighbor as Thy Self) to create the Future where there is room and resources enough to spare for all.

South Jordan, UT

The Yellowstone River emptys into the Missouri River, which then dumps into the Missippi River. Can water be piped from the Yellowstone easier and cheaper than waiting for the water to flow that far East?

Bountiful, UT

The water spent having grass and trees is not wasted. Both are beautiful and I believe both help cool down the hot summers.

I've seen yards with native Utah plants and they are also beautiful, perhaps even more beautiful, but they don't do much to help make the summers any cooler.

John in CS
Colorado Springs, CO

While I commend the reporter for this series of articles, I was shocked to see the idea of pumping water from the Mississippi being resurrected.

The idea of pumping water from the Mississippi River was proposed about a half century ago. It was detailed in Marc Reisner's Cadillac Desert (1986. I am surprised the reporter did not mention this source. One of the many problems with this idea is the number of dedicated power plants that would be needed to pump the water uphill over nearly 1000 miles. At the time the plans used Nuclear Power Plants. If you have an interest in water history in the West, Cadillac Desert is the place to start.

Meg Stout

Having friends in the rest of the world, I see that most everyone ourside the US "gets" that water is a concern. It's not just lawns. It's about whether people in the world and the US will be able to eat.

Even though nearly half of all municiple water goes to landscaping, a recent study* shows 93% of all fresh water goes to agriculture. That's plants we eat, feed for animals we eat eat, and plant-based products.

Xeriscaping and aquaponic landscaping could significantly reduce landscaping water use - useful to the pocketbook and if done right, downright lucrative to those who grab the leading edge of the art of making beautiful future landscapes.

There's a zeitgeist leading people to pay for "green." Science and politics don't matter so much in the face of such a trend. I say someone who stays stuck in the past for ideological reasons deserves to "miss out" on the premium commanded by those who hone their craft to meet perceived need.

* Hoekstra, A.Y. and Mekonnen, M.M. (2012) The water footprint of humanity, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 109(9): 3232–3237

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