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KSL: Utah "behind the times" and needs watchdog to guard interest in Colorado River, official says

David A Dexter

Active Member
I'm sorry, but climate change isn't singularly the real problem; climate change may be responsible for a 20% decline in the river flow into Lake Powell, but nobody seems to address that the OUTFLOW is the real problem; CA uses most of the water and they have an insatiable thirst. They allow their rivers to flow unobstructed to the sea, but it's fine to use all they can get from the Colorado. Just saying...
 

John P Funk

Well-Known Member
They allow their rivers to flow unobstructed to the sea
That's a bit hyperbolic, not exactly true and not quite false. While they do have large number of reservoirs, they haven't built a new major impoundment in many years. New reservoirs would definitely help them keep pace with their population growth. Environmentalists have made it incredibly difficult to plan/permit new impoundments.
 

210 FSH

Well-Known Member
CA let’s literally trillions of gallons run off to the sea each rainy season with no capture... if a system was built to capture even a percentage of this run off all the states reservoirs could be filled in most years. CA also has quadrillions of water at their door step that just needs the salt removed. Again the enviros and other state agencies stop most all projects to increase the supply of water ad instead focus their efforts on conservation, while at the same time allowing more and housing to be built.

As mentioned above no new impoundments have been built in 60 years... so many opportunities to build reservoir, or to at least capture water and pump it into the existing aquifers. Instead ca‘s efforts have been focused elsewhere that does not benefit the populous at large. CA’s problems are of their own making.
 

210 FSH

Well-Known Member
I'm sorry, but climate change isn't singularly the real problem; climate change may be responsible for a 20% decline in the river flow into Lake Powell, but nobody seems to address that the OUTFLOW is the real problem; CA uses most of the water and they have an insatiable thirst. They allow their rivers to flow unobstructed to the sea, but it's fine to use all they can get from the Colorado. Just saying...
You hit the nail on the head!
 
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