Initial Thoughts: Listen to the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come …

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Well, we’re approaching the end of 2012 and the beginning of a new year — 2013. As I mentioned last week, that’s just fodder for journalists to write comparisons.

So I’d like to take you forward as Charles Dickens did in “A Christmas Carol.” So I’ve called upon the “Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come” to be our guide.

I’m motivated to take this brief future vacation because of the “Colorado River Basin Water Supply and Demand Study,” which Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar released last week.

Niether he nor the authors and analysts at the Bureau of Reclamation compare to Dickens, but their future also includes some frightening elements.

The report acknowledges that the Colorado River is one of the most critical river basins in the country. Seven states, including Southern California, depend upon this water for their burgeoning population. Hydroelectric plants depend upon the river’s flow.

So it’s important. But did you know that the river’s water has been fully apportioned? Unfortunately, the upper states have yet to use their legal portion and the total apportionment already exceeds the 100-year average flow.

The projected supply and demand imbalance could be equivalent to the water for more than three million households by 2060. Sounds like the federal budget, spending more than available. But that’s another rant.

The reason this sad situation bears your understanding is Southern California is very dependent upon the river’s water. Cities such as Los Angeles and San Diego consume Colorado River water.

So what? Again, you ask why should we care.

Think HELP Center. Just as we try to help those who are unfortunatley in need, the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come says those fellow Southern California residents near sea level may need help in the future. They’ll need, desire and crave water.

Idyllwild has three water districts, four if we count the Lake Hemet Municipal Water District only a few miles south.

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