In my US Water Management class today we discussed Marc Reisner's classic Cadillac Desert and the results of the CD25 project of which I was a part: "Reclaiming freshwater sustainability in the Cadillac Desert"
For number of reasons, not the least of which is that it's my favorite river, I decided to focus on the Colorado River basin (I am also reviewing a paper on CRB management). I naturally started looking through past posts to see what I had written. I came across a rather dark three-part post I wrote four years ago built around James Lawrence Powell's Dead Pool: Lake Powell, Global Warming, and the Future of Water in the West .
I became so enthralled at Powell's story that I thought, 'Why not have my class read these?" Then I thought, "And why not repost these? If David Zetland can have 'Flashbacks', then I can recycle material as well!"
Here goes - still has some relevance today:
Enjoy. Or not.
"God created both man and nature. And man serves God. But nature serves man...To have a deep blue lake [Lake Powell], where no lake was before, seems to bring man a little closer to God." -- Floyd Dominy, Commissioner (1959-1969), U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, quoted in Dead Pool, p. 136
"If you can't be kind, at least have the decency to be vague." -- Jerry Seinfeld
"Westerners call what they have established out here a civilization, but it would be more accurate to call it a beachhead." -- Marc Reisner, Cadillac Desert, p. 3.