Water is such an issue yet conservatives believe that shale production that uses
50 gallons of water for every gallon of oil produced is a good idea?
Of course it is, switcharoo. Anything that puts money in the pockets of
"job creators" is a good thing.Besides, the END is coming
soon anyhow, so there's no need to worry about the environment. Right?
Water is a natural resource and perhaps should be treated like every other
natural resource be it lumber, oil, uranium, or whatever. This is going to be
huge in the next decades. Smart states will make sure they own the water in
their states and take advantage of the blessings of geography. I hope Wyoming
does as we have the headwaters of several critical river systems that
surrounding states depend on including Utah.
The best regulator of water sharing is the Army Corp of Engineers who oversee
river management and use of shares. States say they have the right to stop
rivers and directional flows to suit a states demands and development. States
downstream have as much right to flow up stream.The outdated
compacts establish the shares of natural flow 100 years ago. No one really knows
how much river water and runoff also feed the aquifers which compounds the loss
of water.California and Utah are prime example of irresponsible
water management and a lesson for the nation. California has destroyed itself
and many of the natural river and aquifers flows to the point of state wide
drought. Redirecting head waters takes water from aquifers and cloud
seeding strips down wind states of their rain waters has not been considered an
issue. The West, Midwest, and Central states are in drought, no rain. Aquifers
also dehydrated and dried up faster than rivers because water penetration miles
below the surface takes much longer.Then enter the evil of fracking
in Utah, Oklahoma, Texas, Dakotas that removes 90% of water they use as
non-recoverable hazardous radiation and chemical toxic waste.