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IDemo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 10:09 AM
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Scientist: Lake Mead could dry up by 2021 amid Western water shortages
Associated Press -updated 1 hour, 26 minutes ago

SALT LAKE CITY - Seven Western states will face more water shortages in the years ahead as climate change exacerbates the strains drought and a growing population have put on the Colorado River, scientists say.

"Clearly we're on a collision course between supply and demand," said Brad Udall, director of the Western Water Assessment at the University of Colorado.

Although there is some disagreement about when the most dire conditions will materialize, scientists at a conference in Salt Lake City said Thursday they expect less water to be available in the coming decades.

Without fundamental shifts in water management, the result will be shortages and difficult decisions about who in the seven states the river serves will get water and who will go without, said Dave Wegner, science director for the Glen Canyon Institute, which organized the one-day conference at the University of Utah.

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juno jones Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 10:18 AM
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1. And my dear friend is not quite understanding
of why I will never move to Las Vegas to ostensibly be closer to her.
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Ilsa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 10:37 AM
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2. I have friends leaving southern CA because of the upcoming water shortage.
They don't want to be left holding a seriously depreciated home when clean water is outrageously expensive.
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tom_paine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 09:20 PM
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3. Damnit, when is Lake FOUL (Powell) going to dry up?
Not that it will probably matter to anyone alive, as the natural beauty and awesome featuires are likely long destroyed.

But we can take down the worthless, useless Glen Canyon Damned Dam, when Lake Foul dries up, as was known from before Glen Canyon Damn was even finished.

And even though the immediate evil of the Bushies has been temporarily dealt a setback (they be back, more tyrannical than ever - make book on it) the Earth is waiting in the backgorund, and nothing has changed on THAT front, which in the long term is far more signiifcant to the future of our species.
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