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Water Management

The Colorado River Aqueduct

The purpose of this paper is to introduce, d*****cuss, and analyze the topic of water management. Specifically it will discuss The Los Angeles Department of Water & Power (LADWP) ***** ***** ***** River Aqueduct. The c*****y and county of ***** Angeles' water needs are changing, and reliance on the Colorado River ***** for a major portion of the region's water needs is shortsighted and could lead to water shortages in the future. The flow ***** amount of ***** is the ***** River is decreas*****g, and managing this decreasing supply will take skill, new technologies, and o*****r solutions to make sure Los Angeles has enough water to supply its needs in the future.

The water ***** issue *****ed here *****cludes the LADWP built ***** Col*****ado River Aqueduct, and today, the Metropolitan Water District (MWD) manages the aqueduct, and it is their responsibility to distribute the water to member water agencies throughout the region. The problem is that more ***** is going out of the Colorado River to the seven member states ***** receive water from the Colorado River Compact than is being replenished by rain and snowmelt, and so, the river is on its way to drying up, al*****g with Lake Mead, the major storage facility for the lower *****. One water district manager says, "'The ***** is simple, with nine million acre-feet a year [*****] in and 10 million acre-feet a year out, the system ***** ultimately go bankrupt or, ***** our case, Lake Mead will empty'" (H*****er, 2008, p. 1). In addition, as the water level in the ***** goes down, the delta at the term*****ation of ***** river is ra*****idly disappearing, and the river itself is just a trickle w***** it used to be a wide, fl**********hing river ***** ***** system (Warrick, 2002). Thus, the river is running out ***** time, and people who rely on it need to find alternative *****urces of water ***** water management.

Hist*****ically, the Colorado River ***** came to *****ing in 1922 with the 1922 Colorado River ***** that allocated ***** rights ***** the seven states that sh***** Colorado ***** dra*****age. A journalist notes, "The ***** Compact, forged by the states and stamped by the U.S. C*****gress, remains ***** foundation for the *****'s operations. It divides the use of ***** waters of the river on a 50-50 b*****is between ***** upper four and the lower three basin *****, allotting 7.5 milli***** ***** to each *****" (Hofer, 2007, p. 2). ***** Compact is the first historical milestone in the story of the Colorado River Aqueduct. ***** ap*****s the river "***** two groups of states—the Upper Bas*****, comprising Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, and New Mexico, and the Lower *****in, comprising Arizona, Nevada, and Cali*****nia" (Schulte, 2002, p. 14). This was necessary to ensure ***** California did not appropriate nearly all the water ***** the river, as it had a history of doing.

The next milestone is the construction of the aqueduct itself. The LADWP Web site notes, "In 1925 *****

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