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  •  Here's one of the better articles I found (3+ / 0-)
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    It's from 2001 and things are only worse since then, water-wise and drought-wise.

    High noon at the Ogallala aquifer
    http://www.salon.com/...

    To stand in silence when they should be protesting makes cowards out of men. -Abraham Lincoln

    by Eyesbright on Sun Feb 17, 2013 at 05:56:09 PM PST

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    •  True around the world, where exploitative agric. (4+ / 0-)
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      is tapping all the non-renewable ancient aquifers. Midwest/West is screwed in that regard when the deep water is gone just as the seasonal rain goes kaput, too.

      Think pre-Columbian civilization failure, Anasazi, etc. Time to shut down all those effing golf courses now!

      "Government by organized money is just as dangerous as Government by organized mob." -- Franklin D. Roosevelt

      by Kombema on Sun Feb 17, 2013 at 06:15:30 PM PST

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      •  Edwards Aquifer is being depleted (7+ / 0-)

        by farmers, but fracking will destroy the groundwater in South Texas.  Everybody who can beg, borrow or steal enough money to buy used (read: dangerous) equipment is setting up a drilling rig (oil and/or natural gas) between San Antonio and the Rio Grande.  The only thing that land is good for is cattle ranching, and with no water - or polluted water - it won't even be good for that enterprise in the future.  Same goes for parts of northeast and northwest TX too.  And since it's the energy industry that funds Texas' budget, no one in state government will dare call a slowdown, much less a halt to it.

        "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

        by SueDe on Sun Feb 17, 2013 at 09:47:03 PM PST

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        •  Water is about to become the next big thing to (4+ / 0-)

          fight over. That is why the billionaire agri-businesses in the CA Central Valley are busting a gut to built the twin tunnels under the CA Delta to siphon off 9K cfs of Sacramento River water. And our beloved (cough, cough) Gov. Jerry Brown is all for it. And the metropolitan water users will be picking up the tab. And the CA Delta will be destroyed. You do not restore an estuary by diverting the natural flows under/around it.

          www.restorethedelta.org

          if a habitat is flooded, the improvement for target fishes increases by an infinite percentage...because a habitat suitability index that is even a tiny fraction of 1 is still infinitely higher than zero, which is the suitability of dry land to fishes.

          by mrsgoo on Sun Feb 17, 2013 at 10:20:03 PM PST

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          •  Water has always been the big thing to (5+ / 0-)

              fight over,

                 A wise man said that in the West whiskey is for drinking and water is for fighting over. That was Sam Clemens aka Mark Twain. He was around long before the current global warming...

            Diehard Swingnut, disgruntled Democrat, age 54, new CA-30

            by Zack from the SFV on Sun Feb 17, 2013 at 10:57:31 PM PST

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            •  The difference is that now it is big money! And (1+ / 0-)
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              climate change will begin to make it about survival. Please start to follow this. A great source is www.aquafornia.com

              if a habitat is flooded, the improvement for target fishes increases by an infinite percentage...because a habitat suitability index that is even a tiny fraction of 1 is still infinitely higher than zero, which is the suitability of dry land to fishes.

              by mrsgoo on Sun Feb 17, 2013 at 11:34:37 PM PST

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          •  Why do you think.... (1+ / 0-)
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            ....the Bush Family Crime Syndicate bought 100,000 acres in Paraguay? In a place where there is literally nothing? Because it sits on one of the worlds largest largely untapped aquifers. The Guarani Aquifer is in the "chaco" of northern Paraguay.

            Oh, and the Bushies and Friends are small potatoes in this venture. The Bush-buddy Rev. Sun yung Moon bought over 1.2 million acres in the same place.

            Makes ya wonder, huh?

            "Wealthy the Spirit which knows its own flight. Stealthy the Hunter who slays his own fright. Blessed is the Traveler who journeys the length of the Light."

            by CanisMaximus on Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 12:05:30 PM PST

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            To stand in silence when they should be protesting makes cowards out of men. -Abraham Lincoln

            by Eyesbright on Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 04:38:22 PM PST

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        •  That South Texas oil boom… (1+ / 0-)
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          Union-printed, USA-made, signs, stickers, swag for everyone: DemSign.com.

          by DemSign on Sun Feb 17, 2013 at 11:06:08 PM PST

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