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Water Management

The Colorado River Aqueduct

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

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

Hist*****ically, the Colorado River Aqueduct came to *****ing in 1922 with the 1922 ***** River ***** that allocated water rights ***** the seven ***** that share Colorado ***** d*****age. A journalist notes, "The ***** Compact, *****ged by the states and stamped by the U.S. C*****gress, rema*****s the foundation for ***** river's operations. It divides the use of the *****s ***** the river on a 50-50 b*****is between ***** upper four and the lower three basin *****, allotting 7.5 million ***** to each *****" (*****, 2007, p. 2). The Compact is the first his*****rical milestone in ***** story of the ***** River *****. It ap*****s the river "***** two groups of states—***** Upper Bas*****, comprising Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, and New Mexico, and the Lower *****in, comprising Arizona, Nevada, ***** California" (Schulte, *****002, p. 14). This was necessary to ensure that 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 ***** itself. The LADWP Web site notes, "In 1925 the


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