Thursday, April 19, 2012

Thirsty Thursday: Water in the West

The Colorado River, which originates in Rocky Mountain National Park, no longer reaches the ocean.
Why, you ask? Well, by the time that Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Wyoming, and let's not forget California have their fill for drinking water, hydro-electric power, and irrigation, there is nothing left. Of any one natural resource out West, water has a long history of conflict, and poses the  greatest challenges as we move into an age of scarce natural resources. Agriculture, particularly the water-thirsty crops in Southern California and parts of Colorado, eats up the vast majority of the river's resources, about 78%. Pollution of chemical and nutrient run-off, as well as climate changes, exacerbate the issue. A new documentary (that I tried to see during the Environmental Film Festival...high demand for the star factor) covers this very issue:

1 comment:

Watershed said...

Thank you very much for sharing the news about "Watershed," narrated by Robert Redford and directed by award-winning filmmaker Mark Decena. The most recent way you can view the film is streaming it online in May as part of the Do Something Reel Film Festival.

We are currently working on scheduling more screenings for this film and will be updating our website, Facebook and Twitter as soon as they come along.

You too can get informed and involved in the fight to keep life’s most precious, natural resource flowing. Join us!

We hope you help us inspire in people a reverence for water by widely sharing the above links.