Okay, this ain't about water, but don't forget the energy-water nexus.
The requisite blurb that Peter sent in an email:
Historically, Native Americans have been concentrated to sun-baked and
wind-swept lands considered to have marginal value. Now, with the
improvements in renewable technologies, these Tribal lands have vast and
extremely valuable natural resources that Native American Tribes can
The potential of these resources is enormous. With current wind
technology the Tribal Reservations in the Great Plains could potentially
supply over one-fifth of the United States' total electrical energy
needs. Additionally, Tribes in the southwest desert have an almost
unlimited supply of solar power, and have the potential to power both
homes and buildings on the reservations and provide the Tribes with a
valuable export commodity - clean electricity.
High-voltage transmission enables wind and solar farms on reservations
to be sold to neighboring utilities and make a profit. The wind and sun
are there every day -- an untapped resource that can be harvested for
personal use by the Tribe and derive income by selling the excess.
This kind of development raises the living standards for all members.
Renewable energy provides jobs, a source of rural electrification, and
capital that the Tribe can then reinvest into other projects to benefit
their members. The development of renewable energy on Tribal lands gives Tribes valuable experience in managing a large project which can then be used in other projects that require Tribal cooperation over many years.
Here is our Executive Summary on the development of Renewable Energy on Tribal Lands and the issues surrounding this complex topic.
Hey! Maybe we could use this energy bounty to pump water from the Mississippi River to Las Vegas!
"Treat the earth well. It was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children." -- Native American proverb