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Will the western U.S. ever solve its water woes? Estimates suggest demand will continue to...

Will the western U.S. ever solve its water woes? Estimates suggest demand will continue to outstrip supply, much as it has in the past decade. By 2060, the median shortfall could reach 3.2M acre-feet - or about five times as much water as Los Angeles uses each year. When scientists talk about the need for “climate adaptation," this is what they mean, Brad Plumer writes.
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  • Jason Tillberg
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    program called NAWAPA would solve the problem.

     

    http://bit.ly/Uhd4wa

     

    some are for and some are against.. some were for building the Erie Canal and some were against.
    14 Dec 2012, 11:32 AM Reply Like
  • Tricky
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    Jason -- hmm, I had never heard of this.

     

    I don't know anything about the math involved, but just looking at the maps, I wonder whether it would be cheaper to desalinate water on the California coast, serve that state and also have shorter pipe runs to the Western US?
    14 Dec 2012, 11:47 AM Reply Like
  • OptionManiac
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    Probably would be cheaper. Massive project like that couldn't be done quick enough and would have many unintended consequences.

     

    If you choose to live in a desert, then do not plan on having a water eating lawn. Plan on conserving/recycling water. Much cheaper and like anything done on a small scale, doesn't screw up what's around it.
    14 Dec 2012, 01:40 PM Reply Like
  • Neil459
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    How about this, a desert is a desert and is not supposed to have water shipped in. If there is not enough water, then don't live there.
    14 Dec 2012, 01:27 PM Reply Like
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