You have by some accident reached the professional and personal blog of Brian Devine (@bedevine25), graduate student in water resources (and more exactly, M.S. Candidate in Environmental Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder). “Parting the Waters” comes, of course, from the Book of Exodus, and the division of the Red Sea to allow the Israelites to escape Egypt and journey to the promised land. In the American West, we have partitioned our waters to reach a promised land of an irrigated desert and unprecedented urban growth and prosperity. Exactly how we divide our waters has massive ramifications on our environment, our economy and our cultural values.
My graduate research is to investigate these ramifications: when we change the use or location of water, what are the effects on our communities? What, therefore, can we expect the future of the arid West to look like? And what can we do to improve it? This blog is a window into my experiences tracking down the elusive answers to these questions and an informal venue to report my findings.
If I haven’t lost you yet, I hope you will join me on this journey as I try to provide some valuable information to the conversation among urban homeowners, farmers and ranchers, attorneys, sportsmen, industrial corporations and environmental activists that are already determining the future of the New West.
About the Author
I’m Brian Devine- just a Colorado native concerned with the future of the American West and its limited water supply. I also happen to study that future full-time at the University of Colorado Boulder. When not fully engaged, I enjoy climbing tall peaks and descending deep canyons, and I can often be found at one of Boulder’s fourteen independent microbreweries. You can follow me on Twitter (only highly relevant and interesting posts, I promise) at @devineh2o or send me an email through the form below. Cheers!