14 Jul 2008

Award for Screwing Others

Engineers have won an award for preventing water from "escaping" to Mexico:
the Coachella Canal Lining Project was named the 2007 Project of the Year by the San Diego Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)....

Prior to lining the last remaining earthen section of the canal with concrete, approximately 26,000 acre-feet of water seeped through the canal annually. Now, instead of losing this precious resource through seepage, the conserved water is conveyed to San Diego for use.
That seepage was sustaining farms and ecosystems south of the border, and both will now dry up. As I pointed out here, not all seepage is bad seepage.

Bottom Line: Ecosystems cross political borders, but engineers can keep water from doing so. Too bad for the foreigners -- and Nature.


Anonymous said...

The water was already allocated to and paid for by CA and IID; it is NOT Mexico's water and the fact that they gained because of a man-made project and will lose because of a man-made project is a fact of life. The only "screwing" that is being done is by the environmentalists and Mexicans by filing false and preposterous litigation whose tab will be picked up by taxpayers.

David Zetland said...

"The water was already allocated to and paid for by CA and IID"

CA and IID enver paid for water from the Colorado. It was given to CA (and IID within CA) by treaty. I know for a fact that MWD of SoCal pays $0.25/AF for Colorado River water stored at Lake Mead.

If you go back to the 1900s, Mexico had a far larger share of Colorado River water. The canals (Coachella and All American) reduced that flow -- taking THEIR water.

But possession is 9/10s of the law, right? That's what the Mexican-American War was all about as well...

Putting these issues aside, my general POV is that current water allocation is bad for the environment on both sides of the boarder. The fact that most of it is wasted by IID makes that situation even more sad.

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