2/6/2014 12:40:00 PM Letter: First steps to meet a crisis
Tom O'Halleran, chairman of the Verde River Basin Partnership, presented a excellent case for serious consideration of how we manage the water supply in Arizona and the Southwest Feb. 4.
He pointed out that five studies have predicted a serious water shortage in the seven states in the Colorado River Basin and The Colorado River is already over allocated. The over allocation of the Colorado River, the increasing population and the threat of continued drought present a very real threat to a sustainable water supply.
A sustainable water supply is critical to recreation, agriculture and wildlife. The longer we delay in developing additional water sources, the more expensive it becomes. The first step in preparing to meet this threat is recognizing it is real, then acting as a region to meet it.