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Sun Oct 21, 2018, 05:56 AM

Water czar unveils Wyoming plan for a West-wide reckoning

ROCK SPRINGS — Wyoming’s water czar warned residents in the Green River drainage that an unprecedented 19-year drought could force regulators to shut off water diversions if users don’t voluntarily limit their use first.

The Colorado River basin reservoir system that supports 40 million persons and a $1.4 trillion economy is at risk of severe disruption, State Engineer Patrick Tyrrell told stakeholders last week in Baggs, Rock Springs and Pinedale. Tyrell unveiled draft agreements among seven western states that could lead to voluntary, instead of mandatory, reductions in water use when that time comes.

Demand management and associated programs, said Senior Assistant Attorney General Chris Brown, could conserve enough water on a voluntary basis “so I don’t have to go turn somebody off upstream.”

A demand-management program would be “an alternative to that hard regulation,” Tyrrell said, in which those with the most recent water rights would be curtailed first.

Read more: https://www.wyofile.com/water-czar-unveils-wyo-plan-for-a-west-wide-reckoning/

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Sun Oct 21, 2018, 09:56 PM

1. Water flows freely from the faucet (but not in some places)

Water flows freely from the faucet

(but not in some places)

https://earther.gizmodo.com/this-coastal-megacity-is-running-out-of-water-1821950015

This Coastal Megacity Is Running Out of Water

Karachi, Pakistan
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Think it’s just a problem ‘over there’?

Within the last few years, Atlanta GA was worried about running out of water.

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Here’s Where the Post-Apocalyptic Water Wars Will Be Fought

https://earther.gizmodo.com/here-s-where-the-post-apocalyptic-water-wars-will-be-fo-1829793126

Think it's just between countries squabbling over water?

Several states are arguing about sharing water from the overused Colorado River.

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Sun Oct 21, 2018, 10:04 PM

2. There is also a water compact fight occurring among Alabama, Florida, and Georgia.

The proposed FoxConn plant in Wisconsin is also testing agreements with states along Lake Michigan. New Mexico and Texas are also squabbling about water in the Rio Grande. The issue of water rights only looks to become more prominent over he next few decades.

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