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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) ***** ***** Colorado River Aqueduct. The c*****y and county of ***** Angeles' water needs are changing, and reliance on the ***** River Aqueduct for a major porti***** of the region's ***** needs is shortsighted and could lead to water shortages in ***** future. The flow ***** amount of ***** is the Colorado River is decreas*****g, and managing ***** decreasing supply will take skill, new technologies, and o*****r solutions to make sure Los Angeles has enough water ***** supply its needs in the future.

The water ***** issue *****ed here *****cludes the LADWP built ***** Colorado ***** *****, and today, the Metropolitan ***** District (MWD) manages the aqueduct, and it is their responsibil*****y to distribute the water to member water agencies throughout ***** region. The problem is that more ***** is going out of the ***** 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 ***** drying up, along with Lake Mead, the major storage facility for ***** lower Colorado. One water district manager says, "'The problem is simple, with nine million acre-feet a year [going] 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 ***** water level in the river goes down, the delta at the term*****ation of the river is rapidly disappearing, and the river itself is just a trickle where it used to be ***** wide, fl*****ishing river and delta system (Warrick, 2002). Thus, the ***** is running out of time, and people who rely on it need to find alternative *****urces ***** ***** ***** water management.

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

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

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