Texas water fight could have implications for Utah and thirsty West

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  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    April 22, 2013 4:33 a.m.

    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    The outdated compacts establish the shares of natural flow 100 years ago.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.

  • bigmontanan Kemmerer, WY
    April 21, 2013 8:12 p.m.

    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.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    April 21, 2013 3:43 p.m.

    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?

  • the old switcharoo mesa, AZ
    April 21, 2013 2:42 p.m.

    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?