New dams and reservoirs: not in our back yards?
Posted by George J Janczyn on August 19, 2009
Low water at Shasta Dam and reservoir. Image source UCLA, Elizabeth Dawson
Regarding today’s LA Times report on Governor Schwarzenegger’s demand that new reservoirs and dams be included in California water legislation addressing the water crisis:
In 1972, the influential book The limits to growth by Donella H. Meadows graphically portrayed how exponential growth in human population (with attendant resource consumption) can reach a stage where it will be too late to avert a monumental catastrophe (I think this book contributed greatly to the sustainability movement).
Are we approaching that point where sheer numbers of a growing population and its increasing demand on natural resources can no longer be sustained (or even that survival itself is at stake) — even if prices were increased to control demand and everybody were to cease excessive consumption of water — unless we build new water storage infrastructure? If we have already overallocated existing water storage reserves, where will the additional needed water come from if not new sources of runoff?
What are your thoughts on this? Please leave your comment below.