Water, water, water! It’s all about the water. Without it we humans would perish in a matter of a few days. Because of tethered population growth, an extended drought, and global warming, the Colorado River, source of our fragile Las Vegas water supply, is being pushed beyond its capacity.
Has anyone noticed the ever-growing “bathtub ring” around Lake Mead? Las Vegas, a true oasis in an unforgiving desert, is so dependent on water that its very existence is in jeopardy! All two million of us are directly affected by this precarious situation.
So what is the solution to this dilemma? In my opinion we have options but are running out of time. Conservation helps but conservation alone will not resolve this problem. We must do much more if we wish to even be able to live here in the future.
First, I suggest we immediately construct the Northern Nevada aquifer pipeline! I believe this is absolutely necessary and the sooner it is put into service the better. The two hundred or so Northern Nevada ranches that may be negatively impacted should be handsomely compensated by our two million or so residents of Southern Nevada. So in essence, two hundred families will be compensated or rewarded monetarily for any potential negative impact the pipeline will create
and two million plus Nevadans will absolutely benefit from this project.
Environmental concerns? You can bet I have them. If you want an environmental disaster of biblical proportions, simply do nothing and watch Las Vegas, our jewel in the desert, return to dust! The water pipeline would create hundreds of jobs, some of them permanent! I believe this is a very practical solution to this overwhelming potential disaster we are currently facing. The pipeline will ensure a reliable water source for Southern Nevada for years to come. Without this new water pipeline our dwindling Lake Mead will eventually dry up, virtually dooming Las Vegas forever.
As we wait for the completion of this new water source, I believe Southern Nevadans should receive a larger allocation of water from Lake Mead. California, our neighbor to the west, should take advantage of the limitless Pacific Ocean and start a massive water desalination program immediately. They have the technology but lack the foresight
and political will to implement this futuristic project. Once their allocation from Lake Mead becomes smaller, however, their motivation factor to desalinate will grow.
Southern Nevadans: let’s not be like the ostrich, putting our head in the sand. This water shortage scenario is happening right now, as you are well aware. The likelihood of a water shortage disaster is quite likely if not certain, so why should we gamble with our very future?
Let’s roll up our sleeves and get this massive pipeline project underway now. Your children and their children will thank you for your wisdom, your courage and your resolve.
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