The Grist site has published an article 40 million Americans depend on the Colorado River. It’s drying up.
The article makes the following points:
- The Colorado river provides water to 1 in 8 Americans.
- It irrigates 15% of the country’s agricultural products.
- Major cities such as Denver and Los Angeles depend on it.
- In addition to its direct use, the water in Lake Mead and Hoover Dam generate vital electricity for the region.
But, “There’s no longer enough water to go around”.
People talk about “sustainable living”, with the implication that, if we just make adjustments to our lifestyle, we will be able to continue with BAU (Business as Usual).
But, if the Colorado really is drying up, then major disruptions lie ahead for the 40 million Americans living in the southwest.