In the Southwest, the beginning of Fall usually marks the beginning of summer weather, the start of fire season, and, overall, the driest part of the year. For those of us in southern California, Labor Day usually marks the beginning of our water rationing rituals: short showers, nighttime watering, empty pools, and dusty cars. It’s during this time of the year that we are most aware that a majority of our water comes from the desert—courtesy of the Colorado River.
This week, I’m sitting near the banks of another famous river—the Mississippi. I’m in New Orleans to attend the National Rural Water Association's annual conference. Many communities, large and small, are beholden to the rivers, lakes, and streams that crisscross the nation. While I’m here mingling with the folks responsible for delivering water to the great, under-populated portions of the county, I suggest you take a look at the list of river related stories below.
Going With the Flow
Commitment to Community
A Tale of 3 Cities
The Ag Side of the Water Crisis
An Aversion to Diversion
The Republican River Compact
California Water Rights
River Restoration, Done Right (and Wrong)
A Century of Great Lakes Accords