I've been following this a few days now. One idea that seemed interesting
is to take some water from the Yellowstone river that now ends up in the
Mississippi river and build a canal to divert it to the Colorado river. This
would allow Nevada to take more and perhaps other states too.In the
early years of our country (circa early 1800's) they used to build canals
all the time. If they could do it then, surely we can do it now.
Or we could simply use our water WISELY. One example -- agricultural pivot
sprinklers lose a minimum of 10% of their water through evaporation before it
ever hits the ground. Another example - does Las Vegas really need all those
fountains and water features in front of the casinos? Still another -- do all
Utah yards have to be green?
Nobody forced these people to live in a desert. Quit wasting water in casino
waterfalls and quit wasting water on Vegas golf courses. Nevada residents are
just trying to shift their problems to other people.
Las Vegas shows the worst part of humanity: over-consume your own resources then
when you've done that, steal from your neighbor. Vegas needs to shut
down their golf courses and casinos before they hit Snake Valley.
Las Vegas is and was built in the desert(an arrid location). Why? because of
it's climate year around, lax state laws regarding gaming, sex and
whatever. Just come to the desert and go wild was the motto, you can do almost
anything you want. The mafia loved the whole scenario and very quickly took and
still manipulate policy there. Now they want unlimited growth and they
don't have the resources. Boo hoo. Why was there not limited growth in the
past as to resource availability? Just stop the growth and even consider
downsizing Vegas or you will dry up and blow away! We are not sending you our
natural resources for you future uncontrolled growth, none of us!
I sort of don't fault Nevada. They have learned from our State Legislature
and legislators from the St. George and Southern Utah area how to do it by
making a pipeline from Lake Powell to St. George or use the Green and Colorado
River water for nuclear power plants. We helped show them the way. Las Vegas
is another story with it's defaulting, etc. They will have population back
and if they get the Utah water, some of the St. George Californian and Nevadans
will move back to those places so the need will be less in St. George. The
Virgin River is so low this year, it sounds like, that St. George will have
fewer green golf courses and people will come to Salt Lake to golf during the
summer months and even into the fall. Cycles of having water and drought come
and go, with or without automobiles, electricity, and a lot of people breathing
the oxygen. I have lived in plenty of places around the world and even Germany
has water shortages before the Internet and a lot of automobiles. Life goes on
and honesty and integrity for politicians who want votes goes on, also.
They want to get as much water they can get else where so they can play in this
Lake Mead. I know it is part of Colorado River. Turn off your water fountains
and no more watering green lawns and golf courses. You live in a desert just
like in LA!
Water shortage is lamentable and Utah should aggressively address water
conservation measures. That being said, Nevada's water problem should not
become another states problem. Further desertification of Utah's arid
counties and the resultant dust storms that will ultimately land along the
Wasatch front are ample reasons to tell Nevada a non-negotiable "No."
California is painfully learning to live within their financial means and Nevada
must learn to live within their reasonable water supply. Turning Utah into a
worse desert is not an option.
This is not going to end well for anyone except Las Vegas. As a small town
farmer, I can tell you that there are already numerous issues involving water
without Vegas bringing in the big guns to get what they want. I don't think
it's right to take the water from people whose lives and jobs depend on it
to throw it away to the casinos and fountains. It's hard enough to keep
farms going as it is. A lot of people take agriculture for granted. If we lose
our agriculture, people will lose a lot more than just jobs.
Meanwhile, our governor elected not to participate or oppose Nevada in its state
engineer proceedings. He left the job to the Mormon church, local ranchers and
the environmentalists. Where's the leadership? It's in Nevada.
We live in a desert. Yet, our elcected officials continue to encourage growth.
Twenty years ago there was discussion regarding the need to curtail growth. We
all want what we want. City leaders are supposed to take a hard look at the
needs of their cities and the projected water, and sewer demands. It seems city
leaders want to encourage growth beyond the capacity our desert land has to
offer. The basic needs for cities are simple. If there is no water there is no
city. Yet, how much growth is enough? The scales have moved in the direction
of not enough. No one wants to deny a person a place to live or a job of his or
hers choosing yet we fail to deal in reality. Government officials seem to wear
rose colored glasses when it comes to long term needs of their cities. The
people are just as responsible. We left it up to the city leaders.
I appreciate this series of articles, i've learned some things. The most
important thing i've learned is that pat mulroy is an empire builder.i was in snake valley today, looking at the water situation. i predict
that when the time comes to take the money, most of those ranchers will take it,
just like the farmers did in delta for ipp.
Money is just to enticing when it is presented on a silver and gold platter from
Las Vegas. Water rights away from the Colorado compact is what Las Vegas
wheelers and dealers are looking for. In this case they are also looking at
taking a larger piece of the pie. This will go on for years but finally someone
will give in, if the courts don't do it first.
It's unfortunate, but politics rears it's head again. Many of the
American people are wasteful, ungrateful and abuse privileges that are precious.
Many of the basic blessings of water, road, fuel, food are taken for granted and
when their use becomes limited the "big guns" spring forward and force
the hand of those in charge. We need to be more responsible and grateful for the
use of water, fuel. Unfortunately it takes something like the present situation
to wake a lot of people up and it forces them to rethink what is the most
important issue: water for a green lawn or water to survive. It's going to
get to that point if Americans don't stop misusing what we have and start
being conservative for their families sake.....for all the families. This is not
the last we will hear about this...NOW is the time to start conserving what we