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Y2K and the Colorado River

No hard line for the river decision, but ...

What I loved about Y2K (should anyone remember that event) is that it was a deadline on the calendar. You could not slip the date or postpone what might happen, it was hard and fast.

Today in political news, there is the debt ceiling deadline, and you can read about the machinations as the two political parties are trying to work out a compromise, albeit temporary, with time measured in months, not years. No permanent solutions, just Band-Aid approaches.

Then also in the news, we have the Colorado River and the water shortage in the West that impacts seven states that draw water from that tributary. There is word of a "temporary" solution being set forth by the federal government that will govern water usage until 2026.

Nothing permanent, but "something" to show progress and that no one is acting totally stupid on a looming crisis having to do with water usage.

If you like listening to podcasts, there is this one from NPR called "Parched" on the topic of water, the Colorado River and the looming crisis. We are the frog in hot water, yet we don't understand what we smell cooking!

There is no date on the calendar on which we will run out of water, yet it will happen. Gradually, the faucets in homes will go to a trickle.

Here is the podcast description: "The Colorado River has more dams on it than any other river in the United States. They were built to harness water high in the mountains and across the arid desert so people could build cities, industries and farms. But the visionaries of the past didn't account for the kind of population growth the southwest has experienced, and they didn't make a plan for what to do if there wasn't enough water to go around. Now, as the region suffers through a second decade of a mega drought, residents are scrambling to find solutions that will preserve their way of life. Today on The Sunday Story from Up First, we head to Las Vegas, where water conservation has a new starring role. This episode comes from a new podcast from Colorado Public Radio and reporter Michael Elizabeth Sakas. It's called Parched."
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