Janny Choy, Research Analyst at the Program on Water in the West, a joint project between the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment and the Bill Lane Center for the American West at Stanford University, sent me the following email extolling the virtues of a blog post by Stanford grad Emily Bookstein:
A former student, Emily Bookstein (Stanford '11), has just produced a fresh, compelling, and very timely story - in the form of an illustrated report or comic - about water transfers and agricultural fallowing based on her experience along the Colorado River in southern California. A short blog and link to the comic, released today, can be found here.
Your blog readers would be the perfect audience for this piece. Could you help us spread the word? This topic is timely given recent implementation of the drought contingency plan for the Colorado River basin. Let me know if I can provide you with any additional information.
I took a look at it - it's in the form of a twenty-panel cartoon - and liked it. There are actually 21 panels - there are two panel 19s.
Here is a blurb that sets the stage for her 'graphic novel' (emboldening is not mine):
Since the mid-1990s, farmers in the Palo Verde valley in Southern California have embraced a new way to supplement their livelihood: temporarily transfering their water rights to urban utilities in exchange for cash. By not farming, farmers free up to 111,000 acre-feet of agricultural water per year for the cities — enough for 220,000 homes. In this illustrated report, the Bill Lane Center for the American West's research assistant Emily Bookstein (Stanford '11) looks at the largest and longest water transfer of its kind in California history.
Here is the first panel, explaining what Emily's doing:
Go here to see the entire sequence.
One issue - on the last panel, Emily states that Los Angeles County, current population 10 million, is expected to grow to 11.5 million in 2050. That seemed low, but I checked here and it's on target.
Take a look; it does make a complicated issue seem a lot less daunting.
Glad to spread the word, Janny.
"Talking to the Met is like talking to a 700-pound gorilla - they've got lots of political power, okay." - Character in panel 17