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  •  People need to move. (0+ / 0-)

    Short of inventing some means of creating unlimited energy,  it simply isn't practical to have cities and farms in what is essentially the desert.

    We need to at least start getting to the carrot approach, since the stick doesn't seem likely to happen anytime soon, and use tax incentives or job creation initiatives, etc., to nudge people to move to the right areas.

    •  Much simpler/cheaper to reduce water use (1+ / 0-)
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      dramatically without moving farms or cities.  Even in the comments above, folks are much too focused on supply rather than demand and efficiency.  While some areas have reasonable conservation efforts proceeding, there is much more scope available for demand reduction via efficiency rather than curtailment even in the Southwest.

      As an example, I know of farmers in AZ who pay less than 1 cent per kwh (at least they still were within the last decade, the first one I looked at just now is still under 3 cents) to pump groundwater by virtue of controlling the boards of local electrical districts which set rates so as to subsidize water pumping while being entitled to Hoover power.  This provides limited incentive to minimize water usage.

      Iron sharpens Iron. Normal is a dryer setting. STOP illegal immigration NOW! -- Make it LEGAL. If Corporations are People--Let's draft them.

      by benamery21 on Fri Jul 25, 2014 at 01:00:14 AM PDT

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      •  I wonder how much water is drawn by the (0+ / 0-)

        casinos, hotels and residential pools in Nevada and Arizona?

        •  In AZ (1+ / 0-)
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          22.8% of the 2.8maf Colorado River allotment went to municipal and industrial use in a recent year.  In CA up to 1.4maf of Colorado River water has gone to M&I .  In NV virtually the entire 300kaf is dedicated to M&I.

          http://www.usbr.gov/...

          Iron sharpens Iron. Normal is a dryer setting. STOP illegal immigration NOW! -- Make it LEGAL. If Corporations are People--Let's draft them.

          by benamery21 on Sun Jul 27, 2014 at 02:42:27 AM PDT

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