From the morning paper, some thoughts (sub/ad req) from my recent trip on the west-wide linkages, and the institutional problems those linkages have created:
“We’ve got a system that is not sustainable,” said Curt Schmutte, Met’s top official working on the Delta problem.
Given the political rancor that surrounds California’s Delta discussions, it is unclear what a solution might look like. Can Californians engineer a solution that could allow high rates of pumping to continue while at the same time moving water less destructively through the Delta ecosystem? Will California farmers and Southern California cities simply have to learn to live with less? Will the system crash completely, leaving Southern California dry?
And, if the answer is the latter, will that increase pressure on the Colorado River, which has its own overuse problems, and on which Albuquerque now depends for its drinking water supply?