Colorado River Basin study a 'call to action'

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  • Emajor Ogden, UT
    Jan. 28, 2013 8:36 a.m.

    There isn't enough water in the Colorado River system to keep the current reservoirs full. How will building more help? The problem isn't storage capacity, the problem is the limited amount of water generated by this arid drainage.

    If I open 5 bank accounts, but don't have a job, does that mean the accounts will automatically fill with money?

  • Swiss Price, Utah
    Jan. 28, 2013 7:23 a.m.

    My two cents: I assume when you say Utah you really mean Wasatch Front.

  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    Jan. 28, 2013 4:21 a.m.

    I think this state needs to make more efforts to educate the newbies who have moved here or are illegal occupants in Utah to explain what and arid deseret is and means. People seem to think water is a plentiful resource when the fact is well hidden from the public that we are in a crisis mode in depleting water in all of Utah and the SL valley.

    Utah has forced farmers to disappear and stop growing food so we can have the water to develop unsupportable industry. Every building or home that goes up reduces runoff to aquifers so we are slowly dieing of thirst. Now we wish we had local farmers and ranchers for food.

    As much as truth hurts, Utah has overgrown its resources and the more we develop the more disastrous it will be in a real drought. I don't think the BLM or Mexico will allow Utah to divert or plug up the Green river or Colorado rivers to flood the SL Valley.

    Utah has no other choice, eliminate international welfare services to reduce population and downsize development and growth, people will have to move to where industry is supportable in more temperate regions.

  • Shamal Orlando, FL
    Jan. 28, 2013 12:04 a.m.

    "Only a minority use them, usually rich minority."

    That rich minority pays for the infrastructure that everyone uses, and for the golf course. Statistically speaking, I doubt that keeping the desert golf courses green is the problem.(I don't play golf)

    Build more dams! Everyone loves a lake!

  • Elcapitan Ivins, UT
    Jan. 27, 2013 3:30 p.m.

    Lets not waste water in numerous ways, like more Golf Courses on the desert regions using Colorado River water.

    Only a minority use them, usually rich minority.

  • Fitz Murray, UT
    Jan. 27, 2013 1:19 p.m.

    If the Bureau of Reclamation built the four dams at least the size of Flaming Gorge Dam, two on the Green and two on the Colorado, in Utah, it would have created the storage capacities we will need over the next 50 years. It would have either significantly reduced the pressure on the use of water in the Colorado Basin, or it could have gone so far as to eliminate the pressure altogether. It was a short sided move to have not built these four dams. There is still time to build at least two of them, if not all four.

    I know it is aggressive, but water is a basic need for humans, animals, and plant life to exist. We are being foolish not to proceed.