25 February 2010

End of drought! Abundance restored?

This article gives the cheery news -- the US is in its best shape -- in terms of precipitation -- since 1999.

Two troubles remain:
  1. We still need to recharge overdrafted aquifers -- some will need years or decades to recover.
  2. There is no sign of demand control. Even if supply goes to "normal" -- and I am not betting on that with climate change -- demand can still outpace it, leading to shortages of the manmade variety.
Bottom Line: We're not back to the good old days, but our institutions for managing water are. Time to reform, to improve the reliability into the current system. (Yes, markets, prices, etc...)

3 comments:

Josh said...

When the beer is free and flowin', does the alcoholic quit then?

Eric Perramond said...

David - USA Today? Really?
How about this source:
http://drought.unl.edu/DM/MONITOR.html
Usually a little more reliable.
;)

David Zetland said...

@Eric -- thanks for the backlink; I am lazy sometimes :)