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    Re: Lake Mead is shrinking -- and with it Las Vegas' water supply

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    Re: Lake Mead is shrinking -- and with it Las Vegas' water supply

    De-salinization plants are in our immediate future.
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    Re: Lake Mead is shrinking -- and with it Las Vegas' water supply

    Quote Originally Posted by AlbqOwl View Post
    I rather thought my post indicated that I was dealing with it. Whatever did I say to suggest to you that I wasn't?
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    we really will have to figure out how to deal with that
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    Re: Lake Mead is shrinking -- and with it Las Vegas' water supply

    Quote Originally Posted by AlbqOwl View Post
    No it is a drought. Our area was recently classified as not just severe drought or extreme drought but exceptional drought, i.e. there is no drought in our recorded history that is as bad as this drought has been. As somebody previously posted, it was almost certainly just such a drought that drove the Anasazi from their ancient cultural homes. And if it is another 100-year drought, we really will have to figure out how to deal with that. I trust human ingenuity to be up to the task though.
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    Re: Lake Mead is shrinking -- and with it Las Vegas' water supply

    Quote Originally Posted by radioman View Post
    De-salinization plants are in our immediate future.
    Unfortunately that's just more borrowing from Peter to pay Paul. You know, if everyone in California used these:



    there would be no water shortages.

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    Re: Lake Mead is shrinking -- and with it Las Vegas' water supply

    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
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    Why would you pull out that one phrase and leave off the short last sentence of my post that strongly qualified it?
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    Re: Lake Mead is shrinking -- and with it Las Vegas' water supply

    Is Las Vegas even needed any more?

    At one time it was thought putting a city out of the middle of a dessert to offer legalized gambling would bring in the masses. And it did. But now you can legally gamble downtown at the local Winn-Dixie with lottery pulls.
    Las Vegas saw their unique legalized gambling becoming not so unique so they attempted to seek survival by offering entertainment for family and adults. This worked for awhile but nobody can exist without water.

    Las Vegas will become a larger Reno . And when was the last time you ever heard of someone going to Reno for a vacation?

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    Re: Lake Mead is shrinking -- and with it Las Vegas' water supply

    Quote Originally Posted by sawyerloggingon View Post
    I agree that putting this size of a city in the middle of a desert is a fools folly. On the climate thing though the leading theory of why the Anasazi culture ceased to exist was because of a 100 year drought in this same general area. That was just a bit before the internal combustion motor was built. The whole south west including Calif which is in drought conditions has been drying up for a very long time and if you take a look at all the dry lakes in this part of the US that becomes quite obvious.

    "Mojave was a much cooler and less arid environment. Portions of what are now vast expanses of desert, were likely shorelines of lakes, streams and marshes, and plentiful vegetation and animal life.

    As the climate became hotter and drier, the lakes dried up, the streams receded, and left behind isolated ground water fed springs that contain species found no where else in the world, or "endemic" species. "

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    I'll tell you what these southern states really need to do, and that's instead of wasting billions in dollars on stupid liberal pet projects they should be spending it on finding an efficient way of turning salt water into fresh water.


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    Re: Lake Mead is shrinking -- and with it Las Vegas' water supply

    Quote Originally Posted by notquiteright View Post
    First thing the desert SW needs to do is stop exporting it's water to other states. Second thing to remember is it is a very arid climate and not well suited to be inhabited like it is a lush oasis in the desert. Third a prolonged drought might indicate climate change...
    The Desert SW does not own the Colorado river water. Never has.

    This extreme winter this year, may debunk climate change.

    Fourth, Lost Wages isn't the only place suffering from extended drought. Texoma is the area on both sides of the Red River separating Texas from Oklahoma. We have had record heat and prolonged drought to the point businesses don't want to relocate- even with the lower taxes and eager to work population. Local chambers and Quasi government committees who's sole job is to attract new business are getting no takers.
    Droughts along with extended wet weather is common and is nothing new. It has been going on for millions of years.

    Wichita Falls Texas is trying to figure out what a stage 5 drought policy should be- mostly because stage 5 was, until now, unthinkable. Reservoirs are so low that local hotels and restaurants don't serve glasses of water because it is often off tasting and off color.
    Nothing new.

    So this is a region wide drought, not just a playground in the desert's problem. Folks might be getting out while the gettin is good across the entire SW.
    Don't worry, like millions of years of weather, wet weather is on it's way.
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    Re: Lake Mead is shrinking -- and with it Las Vegas' water supply

    Quote Originally Posted by Hicup View Post
    I'll tell you what these southern states really need to do, and that's instead of wasting billions in dollars on stupid liberal pet projects they should be spending it on finding an efficient way of turning salt water into fresh water.


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    Desalination is extremely expensive. It may provide some relief to urban Calif if they really conserve but I doubt the farmers will ever see it, that or a Calif strawberry will cost 10 bucks.

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