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No 'silver bullet' to solve thirsty West's water problem

Published: Wednesday, Dec. 12 2012 6:18 p.m. MST

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JDL
Magna, UT

Build dams and store water in reservoirs, they are terrific fishing holes, recreation spots and much cheaper green power than those ugly, bat killing wind generators.

Develop Desalinization plants along the California coast. Air craft carriers have on-board Desalinization, why not California coastal cities?

DEW Cougars
Sandy, UT

LV need to turn off their Fountains and let those grass turn brown or burn. You can play golf in dirt you know.

ron holdaway
Draper, UT

Good article. One error. The headwaters of the Colorado are at least equally in the Wind River mountains of Wyoming where the Green River heads. In the early days of the trappers and early settlers the Colorado was deemed to have begun where the Green and the then named Grand River joined, much like the Ohio is formed where the Alleghany and the Monogohela join. At the urging of the Colorado congressional delegation the government changed the name of the Grand to the Colorado. This was a bone of contention with Bernard DeVoto, noted Western Historian, who felt strongly that the Green was the main stem and the Grand (now named Colorado by government decree) a tributary. In any even before the decree the Colorado on maps extant at that time actually "began" where it was joined by the Green.

Dektol
Powell, OH

Too many people for the resource has a simple solution. NO MORE PEOPLE! Whether it is birth control, mandatory moratoriums on new move-ins, caps on family size or whatever, you stop the growth when you can't support the numbers.
Stealing water from other areas is not a solution. Nor is cheating the farms that raise crops for food - tho switching out cattle feed production for actual food production would be sensible as a lot of agricultural land that supports cattle could be better used for straght food production for people.
But, if you don't have the water you can't support the people.
As for Salt Lake and Utah, try xeriscaping and low water use plants rather than so many big green lawns and water guzzling plants.

stevo123
slc, ut

JDL, The reservoirs we have are WAY under full pool. Meanwhile the Governor is ready to sign away the west desert aquafir under the Snake valley.. Being wise with what we have is a bettter idea .

FT
salt lake city, UT

Cocktails neat instead of diluting with water would be a logical tool to employ.

BrentBot
Salt Lake City, UT

The reason Colorado's percentage usage is so high relative to other states is that some of the Western Slope water is piped over the Continental Divide to the Front Range (Denver). If a pipeline were to be built from the Missouri River to Denver to satisfy those needs (and replenish the Ogallala Aquifer), Colorado's allocation of Colorado River water could be reduced.

Furthermore, the old Grand River was entirely within Colorado, and the old Colorado River was not in Colorado. If the names had been reversed, the Colorado River would have been entirely within Colorado, and the Grand River would not. But the Grand River would flow through the Grand Canyon!

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