"Depopulation of the West seems the only way to manage water for the users. Way too many people." http://t.co/1HOisBWXQ7
— jfleck (@jfleck) July 25, 2014
From Inkstain (John Fleck):
I’ve been arguing that one of the things we see in the Colorado River Basin is an institutional maturity that has thus far had the ability to absorb the changes we’ve seen to date – the 2001 Interim Surplus Guidelines that jiggered Colorado Basin allocations to rein in California’s overuse (pdf), the 2007 shortage sharing agreement, the remarkable Minute 319 deal with Mexico. Those institutions are now wrestling with the fact that none of this has been enough, which is why maybe this week we’ll see the announcement of a system conservation program deal that will be one more brick in that wall.
More Colorado River Basin coverage here.