Twenty-six million people in California, Nevada and Arizona rely on the Colorado River, but this magnificent source of water that carved a continent is drying up.
Representatives of the three states have been huddling behind closed doors and, for the first time ever, California water officials are offering to give up some of the state’s strongest claims to the river – at least temporarily.
The thermometer of the river’s health is Lake Mead — the lake formed behind Hoover Dam. The lake is now lower than it’s been since it was first filled back in the mid-1930s.
For 16 years, drought has chipped away at the Colorado. If Mead continues to fall, there will not be enough water there to meet all the demands of the Southwestern United States and Mexico.
Most significantly to Southern California’s immediate interests, California representatives have offered to forgo part of the state’s claims to river water, at least temporarily and under certain conditions. Such voluntary cuts to California’s Colorado River access would be unprecedented.
Under current law, California has first dibs on much of the river’s water. California’s rights to the Colorado are so secure that the Central Arizona Project —a 336-mile series of canals and pipelines that brings river water to 80 percent of Arizona’s population— would have to run dry before California has to lose a single drop.
We Stand Up for You. Will You Stand Up for Us?
Metropolitan Water District is not San Diego's friend and will rob us blind if we let them. San Diego should learn what Arizona (Phoenix, et al) is doing and create similar scenarios of alternate water sources outside of the control of the traitorous and treacherous Metropolitan Water District!
Its amazing to see how progressive Arizona has been compared to these southern California water authorities. That Tina Shields sounds like she just got called out for not being forward thinking and instead wants to call out our neighbor who has found ways to expand water supply long term, store it at the same time supplying water to a growing population and limit their allotted amount of the river. The question should be asked, why isn’t Tina and her team finding ways to store it underground or in reservoirs for this so called doomsday? She just looks like a fool now. It’s also time to invest more into desal facilities and secure a constant supply of water for So Cal. Carlsbad is a good start, but Metropolitan, Imperial and Palo Verde needs to step it up and we need to work to come up with a regional solution for all states involved.
Whenever I read stories like this one, I'm thankful for the foresight and stubbornness of those who pushed through the Carlsbad desal facility, and I'm wondering if there might be the possibility of another in the not-too-distant future. And of course, the recycling of waste water becomes more and more attractive and perhaps we'll finally get beyond Susan Golding's "toilet to tap" nonsense.
Metropolitan Water District is simply an untrustworthy and potentially unreliable water source. Price gouging is best business practices to this gang, and if supplies suddenly get a lot lower, does anyone think we'll have any priority compared to L.A.?