The Day Zero That Didn’t Come

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Will Truman

Will Truman is the Editor-in-Chief of Ordinary Times. He is also on Twitter.

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  1. Avatar Michael Cain says:

    Absent a couple of years of record-breaking snowfall, Day 1075* is going to hit Lake Mead in the next couple of years. I don’t remember the details of the order in which the Colorado River lower basin states take their cuts, but there will be ugly stuff between the farmers who use the large majority of the river water and the cities and power plants who extract enormously more value from their share. Although there’s a possibility that the federal Bureau of Reclamation will decide on its own to let enough water out of the Glen Canyon Dam to keep the lower basin states going full bore at the expense of the upper basin states (my reading of the agreements is that such a decision would be illegal, but the time to drag it through the courts would buy the lower basin states time for a possible miracle).

    * The water level in Lake Mead dropping below 1075 feet above sea level is the trigger for a lower basin water emergency.Report

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