22 Oct 2013

Speed blogging

  1. The poor suffer when New Dehli's tanker mafia fills in for the failure of public utilities

  2. Water trades in Australia's Murray Darling are slowing down because dams are too full to buffer water movements. Spot prices are rising because there's no opportunity to buy water from cheaper, surplus areas

  3. A great post on water stress in the US. Southern California is most at risk. I hope lawns are worth it

  4. This speech [pdf] discusses water pricing -- and water institutions -- in New Mexico. I asked some contacts for more DATA on prices, but all I got were names for brokers and lawyers. The Southwest does not have water markets -- it has occasional, inefficient trades -- and that's the way the brokers like it

  5. The Daily Show interviews people in GA and TN regarding state lines and water claims. Funny, but pathetic
H/Ts to ZD, DL, RM, CR and TS

1 comment:

Umlud said...

Re: Georgia and Tennessee, they were at this border shift in 2008 when there was a water shortage in the Atlanta area.

The Army Corps said that Atlanta can't take more water out of Lake Lanier, since the purpose of the reservoir is not primarily for recreation no drinking water for Atlanta.

Georgia then tried to shift the border to gain Riparian access to the Tennessee River, but (eventually) shut themselves down when people remembered the last time that they tried to do this was basically shot down. Procedurally, such a change requires a much larger political "lift" than Georgia can really manage to accomplish (especially given the facts that Atlanta is almost always shown to be profligate with their water use, thus shooting down the argument that they need the water).

Still, if the rate of disputes is becoming increasingly common, this could imply a new shift in the water balance in the region.


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