Las Vegas and the surrounding area is my most favorite place on Earth. Sadly, the level of the reservoir is dropping, but will rise once the agricultural demand stops in the late summer. Many are blaming this on severe drought and calling for new conservation measures.
As you know, I have said repeatedly that Conservation is not an answer to the world’s water problems, and is only a band aid. It is our poor behavior that leads us into water troubles more often than not. Never has this philosophy held more water (pun intended) than in this situation. Most of the talk is about the horrible drought. But is drought really the problem?
Scroll way down the article linked below to where there is a graph with a blue line and a red line. It compares the water supply to the water demand. Do you notice that from 1938 to 2016 the Colorado River system has been able to supply about 15 million acre feet of water? Most of that time, the available water has been above that value, and it actually is above that average right now, today, as we speak.
So you see, the Earth has not been suffering to bring water to the West. It has provided a bounty. The problem is that man keeps using too much of this fixed resource. The solution must be in reducing users, and not individual consumption. The River can only supply so much.
Blaming climate change on this phenomenon really is immoral, and worse, dangerous. It is dangerous because it deflects us from the real problem.