"Except that agricultural needs use the VAST majority of this water. What you should be saying, is this is what happens when people try to grow shit in an arid climate. Look at the last Colorado water use study."
I would love to check out the last Colorado water use study. Can you provide a link to it.
I agree that agriculture currently uses the largest percentage of water in the Colorado River basin. According to some studies, in the neighborhood of about 75%-80% of Colorado surface water is used for agriculture. However, there is an increase in demand right now in municipal and industrial use. This is in part due to the growing populations in the areas that utilize Colorado River water
check out this link: http://www.usbr.gov/lc/region/progra.../TMCreport.pdf
Copied from above link:
2.4 Summary of Trends in Historical Water Use
Historical data presented in Technical Report C – Water Demand Assessment (Reclamation, 2011b) demonstrate an increasing trend in Colorado River water use over time. Figure C-2 presents historical Colorado River uses and losses by category. From this figure, trends of increasing M&I water use and stable to decreasing agricultural water use can be seen, consistent with the population and irrigated acreage trends of the Southwest.
M&I water use has increased over time as a result of continued population growth in the Basin States. The Basin States include some of the most rapidly growing areas of the United States and typically have had growth rates far exceeding the national average. While population growth has slowed in recent years, the projections for the region continue to remain higher than the national average (U.S. Census Bureau, 2010). Significant decreases in per capita water use, largely due to improvements in indoor fixtures and appliances, have partially offset the water demands associated with increases in population.
Agricultural water use has been relatively stable in recent years, with some reductions likely due to the recent drought. Some reductions in irrigated acreage have occurred in the Basin, consistent with trends in the western United States, and appear to be associated with economic conditions, supply limitations, and pressures from urban encroachment due to land use changes and water transfers. Continued population growth is expected to continue these recent pressures on agriculture lands and water use.
Water use for energy purposes has grown over time, generally consistent with population growth. The growth in population has translated into increased energy demands in the Southwest with energy supply importation from other areas and expanding use of renewable energy. This growth in energy demands has been partially mitigated through federal and local energy conservation incentive programs.
from another study:
Rapid population growth is the major driver of water demand. Between 1990 and 2000 AZ’s population increased by 40% and CO’s population increased by 30%. Population projections predict continued increasing demand
link:Colorado Watershed Assembly - Colorado Water Facts
Well…I think we've sufficiently hijacked this thread.
To get back on track, if you have any opinions on the proposed whitewater park at Pumphouse, please submit some feedback to the BLM via the address in the OP.
I just think it's a bit narrow minded and short sighted to oppose this project because it might be an inconvenience. It helps to sometimes look at the bigger picture. If you don't want to have to run through the new features, use launch 2 or 3. If you don't want to drive all the way to Pumphouse to go play boating, then go to another play park that's closer to you.
I don't really want to go on a rant…because, before you know it, I might start making crazy sarcastic suggestions such as in an effort to alleviate congestion, make launch 1 only a takeout for Gore or a put in for the whitewater park.
Maybe then we'll have less dog crap around the ramps and parking area.