The Colorado River is drying up and people are in desperate need for water. However, farmers and cities are fighting to see who should have the rights to the water. With 1,400 miles of water and 9 states using it- water is running out fast. Farmers that use the water
Arizona has an incredibly large dependence on the Colorado River and groundwater. In fact, 39% of all water usage in Arizona is comprised of Colorado River water. Any dependence of that scale on any resource that originates in another area is always a major risk, as any major disaster or drastic change to the source of the river can cripple the state’s water supply. Furthermore, while Arizona does house the majority of the Lower Basin of the Colorado, the Colorado’s Upper Basin is shared between 4 other states, all with their own water needs and all with a susceptibility to drought. On the other hand, another 40% of all water Arizona uses is from groundwater sources. However, the Colorado River and these groundwater sources in the Colorado River basins have lost over 65 cubic kilometers of water over the last 9 years, with nearly 2/3 of it from groundwater loss due to over-pumping. This is because
Yet, humans have limited control on natural events, so this only reinforces the importance of managing water wisely. Recently California’s government has begun to focus more on sustaining and restoring the water supply. Dale Kasler (2016) articulates in his article some of the steps they have decided to make to solve this serious issue. The government has made the following investments: “$415 million for watershed restoration and other environmental aid for Lake Tahoe; up to $335 million for two proposed reservoirs in California, including the Sites reservoir north of Sacramento; $880 million for flood-control projects on the American and Sacramento rivers in Sacramento; and $780 million for flood-control projects in West Sacramento” (para. 10). This could be the first step to restoring the water to California. But these
On April 6, 1917, the United States entered the Great War with the vast majority of the American populace supporting the ingress. Although there were some dissenting opinions on America intervening in the war. This dissent was typically seen from marginal groups of Irish and German immigrants who either had
Show: Oklahoma Date: 1930’s (Movie 1950’s) Music by: Richard Rodgers Book by: Oscar Hammerstein II Lyrics by: Oscar Hammerstein II Choreography by: Agnes de Mille Location and time of story: 1930’s Oklahoma Principal Characters: Curly – tenor Laurey – Soprano Ali Hakim – Speaking part Jud Fry – Baritone Will Parker – Tenor Aunt Eller – Alto Ado Annie Carnes – Alto Secondary Characters: Mr. Skidmore
Texas, with its abundances of natural resources, is facing a new demon, one that doesn’t even seem possible, a shortage of water. Water, without it nothing can survive. Texas is the second largest state for landmass in the nation and ninth for water square miles. Within the borders of Texas are more than 100 lakes, 14 major rivers, and 23 aquifers, so why has water become such an important issue for the state? Politicians and conservationists all agree that without a new working water plan, the state could be facing one of the most damaging environmental disasters they have ever seen. The issues that shape the states positions are population growth, current drought conditions, and who actually owns the water.
The economy of Oklahoma during early statehood, from the period 1907 to 1929 can be divided into two main economic sectors: the economy from the land and the economy from beneath the land. Both of the economic activities have driven and shaped Oklahoma’s history from statehood to now. Although through most of Oklahoma’s history the state’s economy has been an extractive economy using the resources from the land and exporting the raw products out of the state for modest, yet profitable returns.
The one state that has experienced severe drought affects has been Nevada. Even though most of Nevada has experienced drought affects, Western Nevada has experienced the worst affects of the drought. In the following graph provided by the U.S. Drought Monitor, researched and made by Rippey (2015), it shows the
I believe the most tragic aspect of Oklahoma’s history, is the way Oklahomans dealt with the Native Americans. Every details of the harmful and shameful ways they were treated went against everything Oklahoma stood for; equality, freedom, and opportunity. It is an embarrassing part of our history and that is why I chose this aspect of Oklahoma. People need to know the true history of Oklahoma and the Indians. The most inspiring aspect of Oklahoma, in my opinion, is how Oklahoma can be in one of the worst situations, and still have a hopeful attitude and bounce right back. A person can see it after the Great Depression, after tornados, or even bombings; Oklahomans always find a way to pull together and get back on their feet.
George Champlin Sibley was an explorer who led this first expedition in 1811 (Dyson 1). The book “Oklahoma a history” has a map showing this explorers routes on page 49 (Baird and Goble 60). The path that Sibley created is very unique path. He starts toward the middle of the
Oklahoma is set to return the US$53,000 that cops seized from the volunteer manager of Burmese Christian band Klo and Kweh Music Team who was raising money for an orphanage, a church, and a school in his homeland Burma.
The Ogallala aquifer provides ground water for eight states: Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, and Wyoming. It is a major source of water for agriculture in our nation’s farmland. Much of our wheat, corn, and dairy and beef come from the states that lie over the Ogallala Aquifer. Many of these farms are heavily dependent of the aquifer to provide the water they need to keep in business due to the lack of surface water in the region. Even with the improved technology to monitor how much water is needed for the crops the Ogallala Aquifer is rapidly becoming depleted. If not managed properly it is possible that there will be a repeat of the Dust Bowl. (Parker, L., & Olson, R., 2017) The aquifer’s recharge rate
As for our state and the excess water release... Well that's a whole other topic involving $$$ and politics that were staged well before our time. Even if the lake was completely dry, cities such as Folsom would call upon its pre-existing water right contracts such as Folsom's pre-existing 1914 water rights and force every last drop out. Add that to all the water rights agreements held by the southern cities, farmers, so on and so forth. It's easier to just do your part, conserve what you can and hope a pray for rain rather than combat the madness that is made up of bureaucratic BS and
Iowa is known to having a water problem for years according to Art Cullen, a local resident and a writer for “The Salt Lake Times”. The main reason that lead towards the nitrate problem are watersheds. Which led to drainage districts being sued affirms Cullen.(1) To attempt to fix that
The availability of water is an issue that requires careful management and planning in order to maximize access. Areas in the Western United States have rapidly growing populations without the natural water sources to sustain them. The art of getting water from where it is or who has it to where it is needed or who needs it is the practice of water trading. Deals made between states to ensure access to water.