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The Unprecedented Water Crisis of the American Southwest

Environment  (tags: American Southwest, climate-change, water, weather, globalwarming, environment, climate, humans, animals )

- 1810 days ago -
A prolonged drought has sapped the once-vigorous Colorado River, threatening the water supply of millions


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Howard Crosse (21)
Saturday February 1, 2014, 12:25 pm
This is scary stuff and it is good to hear that something is now being done to ease the situation. Desalination, turning sea water in to usable water, is not ideal however as the process is very energy hungry.

Elizabeth M (65)
Saturday February 1, 2014, 3:29 pm
You had mentioned several times Carrie, at how dry NM has been. I hope the situation will come with a good lasting rain - not a downpour - which would just cause a lot of damage. Certainly hope that something can be done to releave the problem. I have said many times that Water if going to be a hot commodity in the future.
Thanks Carrie.

Fiona Ogilvie (562)
Saturday February 1, 2014, 4:25 pm
I am one of the stupid people who now lives in the Arizona desert.....again.

Lois Jordan (63)
Saturday February 1, 2014, 5:39 pm
Yes, we continue to be in a drought here in AZ....although we got some sprinkles last night.

Bryan S (105)
Saturday February 1, 2014, 7:08 pm
"What have we done to this beautiful desert, to our wild rivers? All that dam building on the Colorado, across the West, was a big mistake. What in the world were we thinking?" --Barry Goldwater

Sara V (0)
Saturday February 1, 2014, 8:10 pm
"What have we done to this beautiful desert, to our wild rivers? All that dam building on the Colorado, across the West, was a big mistake. What in the world were we thinking?" --Barry Goldwater

There are so many people who are down on conservatives and the environment. Just goes to show you oughtn't paint with a broad brush.

The price of water should be allowed to rise so that more people conserve or even move out of these areas. I notice there are still people sprinkling their lawns here in CA - absolutely silly, considering.

Carrie B (306)
Saturday February 1, 2014, 8:25 pm
Albuquerque residents did a record job of conserving water last summer ~ the their rates are going up because revenue was down because customers conserved water anticipated. I'm sure ours in Santa Fe will go up also as usual.

Carrie B (306)
Saturday February 1, 2014, 10:32 pm
Should say "more water than anticipated". I'm sure you get the drift.

Edo R (71)
Sunday February 2, 2014, 2:03 am
Thanks for sharing!

Mike Pattison (6)
Sunday February 2, 2014, 2:10 am
Noted ,thanks !

Mike Pattison (6)
Sunday February 2, 2014, 2:10 am
Noted ,thanks !

Past Member (0)
Sunday February 2, 2014, 2:34 am
Noted, thanks.

Past Member (0)
Sunday February 2, 2014, 3:49 am
It's a global problem for everyone's attention

Gloria picchetti (304)
Sunday February 2, 2014, 5:04 am
I think it's from deforestation and urban sprawl.

James N (31)
Sunday February 2, 2014, 6:48 am
Noted, people don't realize how bad it is. The article didn't even mention Austin, which also relies on this water. But it does mention a major factor: planting non-native grasses where they don't belong. Of course, that's just one factor. The drought isn't helping. Anyway, noted!

Lona G (66)
Sunday February 2, 2014, 7:59 am
The world is facing a major (drinking) water shortage and yet we continue water to be polluted and pushed underground forever by fracking on the one hand and senseless water spillage by lawn irrigation and pool building in desert climates on the other. Go figure.

Rekha S (0)
Sunday February 2, 2014, 8:57 am
Truly terrible and sad.

Birgit W (160)
Sunday February 2, 2014, 9:26 am
Thanks for sharing.

Sunday February 2, 2014, 11:01 am
Lack of water due to overpopulation and the abuse of this natural resource is what is going to do us in...Thanks for sharing.

Reba Mendoza (0)
Sunday February 2, 2014, 11:25 am
my classmate's ex-wife makes USA dollars===73 hourly on the laptop . She has been fired for 8 months but last month her pay check was USA dollars===21761 just working on the laptop for a few hours. try this out ....,,,..,.

Carrie B (306)
Sunday February 2, 2014, 11:30 am
I really hate spammers!

Kathryn Lopez (0)
Sunday February 2, 2014, 12:48 pm
Very sad situation.

Colleen L (3)
Sunday February 2, 2014, 12:52 pm
It is a very scary problem. Here in California, we've been told to watch how often and how much water we use. I wish Mother Nature would share some of the rain that she has been so generous with in other states. Thanks Carrie

Debra Tate (17)
Sunday February 2, 2014, 12:54 pm

barbara C Horban (56)
Sunday February 2, 2014, 1:32 pm
And to think that certain politicos believe this is not in part due to global warming and climate change because, wait for it, those things do not exist! That's why here in NW we are buried in snow while Denver gets just a dusting and its so dry the grass crunches when you walk on it! Noted

barbara C Horban (56)
Sunday February 2, 2014, 1:34 pm
NW Indiana

Muriel Servaege (53)
Sunday February 2, 2014, 1:43 pm
Noted, thanks.

Arlene C (28)
Sunday February 2, 2014, 1:59 pm

Carrie B (306)
Sunday February 2, 2014, 2:02 pm
We were supposed to get a light snow this weekend, but so far all we have seen is wind and cold. The ski resorts got some, but you would think that at over 7000 ft. Santa Fe wold too ~ but no such luck. Nothing here since mid December!

Rhonda B (99)
Sunday February 2, 2014, 2:48 pm
Please flag Reba for spam!

Eternal Gardener (736)
Sunday February 2, 2014, 3:05 pm
The climate is changing and yet we are waiting for our politicians to take leadership on adequate adaptation to these events... which they are clearly incapable of since they handed all power over to the corporate world.
Revision on all levels of societal functioning is needed, we can't go on the way we're used to. Adapt to change or perish.

Glenville J Owen (0)
Sunday February 2, 2014, 3:12 pm
Thank you for the article, Carrie. I'm sorry to read of US problems. I believe that if we all treated our planet, its creatures and each other with greater respect and kindness and taught our children to do likewise, all our lives would be a whole lot better.

David F (39)
Sunday February 2, 2014, 3:32 pm
Mr Apocalypse is roaming the earth. Have you read of the water wars? Gwynne Dyer You can only abuse 'Nature' so far and live without balance. Farmers have tapped into ancient aquaducts for years. There is a price for not being frugal and thinking the earth is for humans to do and abuse as they like.

Debra G (0)
Sunday February 2, 2014, 3:58 pm
War over oil, war over water….conservation and no more fracking-up the aquifers. NO to bottled water. Recycle gray water. And vote in some reasonable people who correctly understand science.

Nelson Baker (0)
Sunday February 2, 2014, 4:11 pm
I hope they start getting enough rain and snow to restore the lakes to normal levels.

Ann Breeden (65)
Sunday February 2, 2014, 6:53 pm
This is one reason that I'd have trouble living in NM because I'm an Aquarius. My daughter lives in Colorado and when we're buried in snow, she's watering her plants.
Let's hope that they get some major snow cover up in the Sierra Nevada as well as Colorado before the summer approaches.

Karen Kersten Chestney (112)
Sunday February 2, 2014, 11:38 pm
Thanks for this article. This is a very serious condition and it is only going to get worse....We, here in the U.S., have too many Climate Change "Deniers" Idiots.!!! Lack of water is a serious problem for Every Living Thing. ...People, Animals, for people and animals.....We all need to conserve our natural resources and start "caring" for our our life depends on it.... Because it does..

Dianne D (490)
Thursday February 13, 2014, 6:03 am
Very scary. We can't live without water and people waste it.
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