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Tuesday, 18 August 2009

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dw

On the other side of the coin:

Nevada's allotment of the Colorado River is defined as 300,000 AF/yr. This was based on the anticipated needs at the time. Nevada's estimates were for the irrigation needs of 80,000 acres in the Ft Mohave area. This is 125 square miles. The state of Nevada is 110,806 square miles. The great James Graves Scrugham http://www.1st100.com/part1/scrugham.html represented Nevada in the Colorado River Compact http://books.google.com/books?id=im5KESJGOm4C&pg=PA189&lpg=PA189&dq=James+Scrugham+colorado+river+compact&source=bl&ots=BTMbHGCqwc&sig=yXQwvt-Pku1ih3OUKDNaI7L_DWM&hl=en&ei=AWGLSoTCGZ_FmQev1Km0DQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=3#v=onepage&q=James%20Scrugham%20colorado%20river%20compact&f=false (sorry about the long link - but well worth the read). As much as he had the best intentions for Nevada during the Compact negotiations - he came up short in the long term interests of his state when it came to water.

Say what you will about Pat. I personally think that she is doing the best she can with what she has to work with.

dw

Emily Green

This comparison is apt. At some point, before she was appointed general manager of the Las Vegas Valley Water District, it was decided that Pat would build the pipeline. Once in the job, she made the claims for every ounce of unclaimed water in 30 valleys across the state and started working with developers and politicians and the gaming industry priming Vegas for endless growth. It was always about bigger, more. Insurance for bigger, more was Pat's pipe. But she has also rebuilt much of the Las Vegas water delivery system, she's currently installing a third straw in Mead, she was strongly behind lining of the All American canal and Drop 2 canal. With the pipeline, Nevada will be hers. Big horn sheep will drink from her guzzlers, select patches of chosen flora will subsist on her irrigation, the birds of the Pacific flyway will probably be remembered in bad art for the Lake Mead boardroom at SNWA headquarters, the desert tortoises already have a sculpture by the airport. Nevada will be Pat's just as New York is Moses's. Fine fine point.

David Zetland

Oh oh oh -- good post!

Bureaucrats have used the "public servant" excuses many times before. But remember who stays in the job when others are not reelected!

For some lovely background on Mulholland's role in MWDSC/Colorado River aqueduct, check out 3.2.2 of my dissertation (http://ssrn.com/abstract=1129046). Basically there was plenty of water and the no water -- same as the plot in Chinatown.

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