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Scoping for Reconsultation of Interim Guidelines by Year 2026
June 18, 2023
HOME PAGE: Colorado River Post 2026 Operations. USBR.
HOME PAGE: Integrated Technical Education Workshops. USBR.
HOME PAGE: Federal investments for Colorado River long-term planning (DOI, USDA & EPA that totals 6 billion dollars).
NOTE: The Draft EIS is scheduled to be published at the end of Year 2024.
SCOPING REPORT is provided HERE
DISCUSSION: Deep Uncertainty
DISCUSSION: Nature and the naturalist approach
COMMENT LETTERS FOR POST-2026 OPERATIONS EIS
SCOPING COMMENTS COMPILED BY BUREAU OF RECLAMATION
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WE THINK THIS IS HELPFUL INFORMATION: Opinions by the Federal Appellate Court in the 10th District; July of 2023. NEPA litigation for the Green River Block Water Exchange Contract between Reclamation and the state of Utah; a new depletion contract for water stored in Flaming Gorge Reservoir.
During the public scoping meetings for the development of 2007 Interim Guidelines, the water managers in attendance were emphatic; that reductions greater than 20% would be "impossible" to achieve. This is why the seven states did not participate in the voluntary prescriptions of the original Guidelines, until reservoir elevations approached the level where intakes at Glen Canyon Dam begin to suck air.
Precautionary planning in the Colorado River Basin was possible in 1970 when Long Range Operating Criteria (LROC) became the first tool to achieve water resource sustainibilty, and precautionary planning right now is a situation of too little and too late. Because this economic engine is designed for consumptive uses of 16.5 million acre-feet annualy, not 12.5 maf (a reduction of minus 25%). Consequently, the decision-makers have to understand that this ship has already slammed into an iceberg. We will eventually understand that the best solution is to begin conversations about starting over.
The proposed reductions from the Lower Basin States, as of this date, is about 12% per year. The ask from Reclamation was a range from 14% to 27%. Additionally, it would appear that the Upper Basin states will not be participating in any reductions at this time. The Upper Basin states are building and enlarging dams at the present time, and other diversion contracts have been proposed. Consequently, the grassroots have intervened by engaging the judicial branch of governement.
At the end of the next decade, reductions of 30% will be necessary; and then 40% in the following decades thereafter. Especially if the municipalities continue to sprawl across the deserts of North America, and fueling that growth by purchasing water from farmers that take the responsibility of feeding the nation very seriously.
Proposed new sources of water, such as constructing desalination facilities, and the electric generating stations that will power them, and the pipelines, and the pump stations, and the transmission wires, will not be operational in the 2030s, nor in the 2040s.
So these are the decades when the system will crash and the assets of 50 to 60 million people become stranded.
If your thinking otherwise, consider that it took parts of four decades to negotiate the Law of the River, and to finish the construction of Hoover Dam, the All American Canal, and the Colorado River Aqueduct.
We can anticipate the depletion of our groundwater supplies as the third and final bad planning decision, and witness the great abandonment of this geography.
Rather than kicking a rusty can in the wrong direction, let's stop this madness and take a completely different pathway.
COMPARING THE PROCESS OF 2005 WITH THE PROCESS OF 2022
Federal Register Notices of 2023 and from 2005
TERMINATION DATES OF 2007 INTERIM GUIDELINES
Termination date of 2007 Guidelines
Termination dates of "Special Provisions"
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