A Call for Values-Based Water Administration

A film is only as good as the reasons for making it.  -David Mackenzie When I was in a fraternity (well, I still am in the fraternity, but you know what I mean) we were often told, nay commanded, to rush new freshmen into our organization through what the national-level suits called values-based recruitment. This…

Water Use is Like the Library

I happen to be writing from the Boulder Public Library today (they have excellent air conditioning and my house is hotter than the Mojave Desert). I’ve also been thinking about water management on a more basic level- what should be our guiding principle? This Reddit AMA and the general gist of argument by David Zetland…

ATTENTION: Account Past Due

Important Information About Your Account, Please Open Immediately We’ve built a wonderful existence for ourselves in the desert Southwest. We’ve built Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Phoenix in a place that scattered the Ancestral Puebloans and left the ruins of the Hohokam in plain sight of the aqueducts of Central Arizona. We’ve built this on,…

Transbasin Diversions in Colorado: Water Wars

The farmer staring across at his neighbor’s abandoned field, the whitewater outfitter hurting for business, and the small town seeing its tourist revenues dry up are tempting to see as victims of the inexorable tide of money swamping community values, Goliath swatting David aside in a ruthless quest for more, always more water. We know…