Fitz,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?
My two cents: I assume when you say Utah you really mean Wasatch Front.
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.
"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!
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
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.