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

The water ***** issue discussed here includes the LADWP built the Col*****ado River Aqueduct, and today, the Metropolitan Water District (MWD) manages the aqueduct, and it is their responsibil*****y to distribute the ***** ***** member water agencies throughout ***** region. The problem is that more ***** is going out of the Colorado River to the seven member states ***** receive water from the ***** River Compact than is being replen*****hed by rain and snowmelt, and so, the river is on ***** way to drying up, al*****g with Lake Mead, the major storage facility for the lower Colorado. 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 will ultimately go bankrupt or, in our case, Lake Mead ***** empty'" (Hofer, 2008, p. 1). In addition, as ***** 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*****ishing river ***** ***** system (Warrick, 2002). Thus, the ***** is running out of time, and people who rely on it need to find alternative sources ***** ***** and water management.

Hist*****ically, the Colorado River Aqueduct came to being in 1922 with the 1922 ***** River Compact that allocated water rights ***** the ***** states that sh***** Colorado River d*****age. A journalist notes, "The ***** Compact, forged by the states and stamped ***** the U.S. Congress, rema*****s ***** foundation for the river's operations. It divides the use of ***** waters of the river on a 50-50 basis between ***** upper four and the lower three basin *****, allotting 7.5 million ***** to each basin" (Hofer, 2007, p. 2). The ***** is the first his*****rical milestone in the story of the ***** River *****. It apportions the river "***** two groups of states—***** Upper Bas*****, comprising Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, ***** New Mexico, and the Lower Basin, comprising Arizona, Nevada, ***** California" (Schulte, **********, p. 14). This was necessary to en***** that ***** did not appropriate nearly all the water ***** the river, as it had a his*****ry of doing.

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

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