How compacts work – The Colorado River experience. Colorado River Compact (1922) Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming – and U.S. Allocates waters based on future needs and water-use priorities.
(modified from Harding et. al 1995)
MWD – Metropolitan Water District (LA, Orange, San Diego, portions of Ventura, Riverside & San Bernardino Counties)
CVWD – Coachella Valley Water District
IID – Imperial Irrigation District
PVID – Palo Verde Irrigation District
CRA – Colorado River Aqueduct
“Southeast drought hits crisis point”
October 21, 2007
Lake Lanier, Chattahoochee River
The Southeast's worst drought in more than a century is forcing parched states and communities (like Atlanta) into crisis measures to conserve water and fight for access to more . . . "This idea of wait-and-see, because some (rain) might be around the corner, can really suppress timely responses," says Mike Hayes, director of the National Drought Mitigation Center.
Population growth – 1990-1999 (counties in grey have lost population)
Total water use/consumptive & non-consumptive: 1995