Anyone have any thoughts on regional water issues and their effects on economic and population growth.
Right now everyone on the Colorado River Basin should be concerned with DROUGHT ARMAGEDDON.
Much of Europe has similar issues, which may be a short-term issue and be for just this year. The issues on the Colorado River are decades in the making and while might possibly go away (or not) in 10-20 years they will be of major concern for at least the next decade.
I spent five years with the COE and oversaw water management and flood control over parts of four states including metro Atlanta.
I have been wondering about all of the growth in Texas. While Texas has the Rio Grande to the south and the Red River to the north, it does not have a lot of major rivers in between. Politicians (both parties) in my experience are more than willing to act like ostriches sticking their heads in the sand while promoting economic/population growth that is unsustainable in the next drought.
Texas uses a lot of ground water. While our drought issues in the Southeast were often solved by a single hurricane, aquifers once depleted are much slower to recharge, but I am really not that knowledgeable on ground water.