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1 Skip Intro  Thu, Feb 6, 2014 7:46:32am

Once again, the GOP relies on fantasy to make policy.

The reality is there isn’t enough water to divert anywhere this year, and this isn’t just a problem for all of us environmental libturd wackos in California.

Here’s what’s happening to the Colorado River.

Colorado River Drought Forces a Painful Reckoning for States

The sinuous Colorado River and its slew of man-made reservoirs from the Rockies to southern Arizona are being sapped by 14 years of drought nearly unrivaled in 1,250 years.

The once broad and blue river has in many places dwindled to a murky brown trickle. Reservoirs have shrunk to less than half their capacities, the canyon walls around them ringed with white mineral deposits where water once lapped. Seeking to stretch their allotments of the river, regional water agencies are recycling sewage effluent, offering rebates to tear up grass lawns and subsidizing less thirsty appliances from dishwashers to shower heads.

But many experts believe the current drought is only the harbinger of a new, drier era in which the Colorado’s flow will be substantially and permanently diminished.

[…]

Reclamation officials say there is a 50-50 chance that by 2015, Lake Mead’s water will be rationed to states downstream. That, too, has never happened before.

“If Lake Mead goes below elevation 1,000” — 1,000 feet above sea level — “we lose any capacity to pump water to serve the municipal needs of seven in 10 people in the state of Nevada,” said John Entsminger, the senior deputy general manager of the Southern Nevada Water Authority.

nytimes.com

Way back in time when we still had a functioning Federal Government this would be cause for concern. However, since one party has been completely taken over by anti-government, anti-science religious fundamentalists we can count on no help from there, other than “pray for rain”, being told this is a punishment from God, and no matter what the evidence says, there is no such thing as climate change.

It’s hard to see how this is going to change any time soon.

2 Skip Intro  Thu, Feb 6, 2014 7:55:44am

Lake Powell behind Glenn Canyon Dam, then and now.

Also see earthobservatory.nasa.gov

3 Political Atheist  Thu, Feb 6, 2014 8:02:55am

re: #2 Skip Intro

Nice addition, thanks.

4 sagehen  Thu, Feb 6, 2014 9:57:35am

What climate change?

5 cinesimon  Thu, Feb 6, 2014 1:55:02pm

I couldn’t believe just how brainless they are when I read about why they think the ‘wash’ into the ocean must be kept up. They thought it had to do with some ‘PC program’ keeping certain fish species alive! Apparently they didn’t think to ask anyone involved, given the real reason more water can’t be diverted for human use, is that without the wash, the entire area would become drenched in salt water - the ‘wash’ ensures that salt water doesn’t flow up river. Pretty basic stuff - but even in California, where it doesn’t pay to pander to the Tea Party, republicans have become demented. I have to wonder now, whether republican politics is about condescending to the electorate to appeal to their most base instincts - or whether they themselves have become what the republican party used to snicker at and assume easy votes.

6 XtremeDave  Fri, Feb 7, 2014 12:49:03am

re: #5 cinesimon

I have to wonder now, whether republican politics is about condescending to the electorate to appeal to their most base instincts - or whether they themselves have become what the republican party used to snicker at and assume easy votes.

Its partially this, but also follow the money to the Central Valley Agriculture interests, who care about no ecosystem besides the one that they own and profit off of. This is why you can’t drive up I-5 without sign after sign blaming Nancy Pelosi and Valley Democrats for the drought.

But its also Republican bullshit: “The Democrats would rather protect a little fish than provide water for food, so vote Republican!”


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