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West’s Challenge Is Still Water Scarcity, Wet Winter or Not

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Christian Science Monitor
February 23, 2017
Zack Colman, Western Enterprise Media Fellow
A controversial proposal would send a big chunk of rural Nevada's water southward, through a 250-mile pipeline that, critics say, would dry up ranchers and farmers to supply a sprawling metropolis defined by its embrace of nightlife and all-day pool parties. But there’s a larger reality, too, writes Zack Colman:
 
Whatever happens with the pipeline, water has been getting harder to find for urban and rural residents alike. Even with big snows and rains across parts of the West this winter, aquifers and forests remain taxed. Long term, the water challenges of the American West look increasingly beyond the scale of traditional infrastructure projects to resolve.