conservation, aquifer mgt, etc
I'm a little troubled by some of Curtis' assertions.
I realize that he's advocating smart use of water and I wholeheartedly agree with that. I think most people do.
However, conservation will only get you so far, and if the metro are keeps growing at 4% per year or whatever it does, then in a few years, you've consumed everything you've saved with 25% conservation today.
Also, the notion of banking high flows in aquifers ignores where that water comes from. Every drop we use is a drop that's taken out of a river somewhere. Every drop that falls on the ground is already spoken for. Likewise, every drop that gets banked comes out of a riverand out of somebody's appropriation.
Unfortunately something has to give. the population growth in the metro area (and in the mtns for that matter) continues to grow. Large parts of our economy are based on construction and development. So there's going to be this continual pressure to build dams, or aquifer storage, or other projects that take water out of rivers, eliminating high spring flows (all that water is extra, right?).
Ultimately, the only source of "new" water is to take/buy it from farmers. After all, we all know that water runs uphill toward money. Hopefully, we can change laws to allow this before we dry up too many rivers (most irrigation districts don't allow water transfers out of that basin).