I’m still new to the strange and wonderful ways of lower Colorado River management, so I was struck by the hilarity of this situation, as explained by Chris Brooks. Farmers order water, which takes several days’ river time to reach them. But then it rains, so they don’t need the water, so it flows down the river – horrors! – unused:
I’m sure there are a lot of water agencies that shudder to think that, at times, water is being released from Lake Mead that isn’t used by anyone.
I am reminded of Andy Revkin’s post of several weeks ago, which mentions clams as possible downstream users who might benefit from such a situation.