It is time to stop quivering in our boots in pointless fear of the future and just roll up our sleeves and build it.
- Ray Pierrehumbert

Saturday, October 20, 2007

The Other Water Problem

The Sunday NYTimes has a fascinating feature article about climate change and water management in the southwest US. Other populated arid and semi-arid subtropical regions will face similar issues. It's not pretty.

1 comment:

Dano said...

I've relayed this story over at John Fleck's place, but worth repeating:

This past summer, I was invited as a semi-expert (B/C of my profession and what I'm working on now) to speak at a gathering of business leaders about the prospects for business in my part of the Front Range. I wasn't briefed well about who was attending, so I brought my standard presentation as default.

About 4-5 minutes into it, I got into reduced snowpack, streamflow, etc and lower reservoir storage and the difficulty land managers will face with increased population and reduced streamflow in the South Platte basin.

The conversation turned briefly to the equivalent of "Algore is fat!!", which was quickly slapped down (heartening), but several great questions about streamflow turned the mood somber.

When I was done, I was quickly hustled out of the venue. Noticing this, I asked the person who invited me what was the composition of the audience, and they were all high-powered owners of high water-use businesses.

The person who invited me never told me what I should say, so I said what I always say, which is bad for business on the Front Range, as the water situation will likely never get better.