Transfers from 1950 to the present could take water off one-third of historically irrigated land in the Arkansas River basin — nearly 150,000 of 450,000 acres, according to information compiled by The Pueblo Chieftain.
Water is a very hot topic in Colorado. I remember McCain getting a lot of heat when he brought up water rights.
There has been a steady systemic reduction in the amount of water available to farmland. California had a large chuck of water turned off for a fish, and more and more water is going to cities. So it looks like policies are in place to replace food production with people who consumer food. That obviously won’t work in the long term.
We need to start building our own food production capabilities. Even just a small garden and we need to make sure to harvest and store our own rainwater for it.
We want a house, one of the new things on the list is water rights. One way we can be controlled is by access to water. It won’t be in a thuggish way, “No water for you.” but rather it will just be too expensive to afford at our current usage. I really like what I am reading about permaculture and how to wring every last drop of utility from the rain.
Water efficiency is high on my list for new appliances. I would really like a good dishwasher and a clothes washer saves days of work, if they don’t use a lot of water so much the better.