Dr. Jennifer Veilleux is a geographer and water scientist. This blog shares news, research, and fieldwork experiences from the Nile, Mekong, and Missouri river basins. She analyzes impacts development has on transboundary water resources and river communities.
This is a nice short piece about one transboundary river in the United States, the Colorado, that has been dammed and overdrawn for years. Impacts are felt in Mexico, but the overwhelming population in the US, including Phoenix and Las Vegas, muffle the story. The hope in this article is about what can happen at an individual level - voluntary change by the water users themselves. Perhaps this point can be amplified and serve as a new model to watershed management. One that takes into account the context, the place, but most importantly, the individual people involved, not just a top-down decision making tree that bureaucracy renders near to impossible for anyone with less patience than a saint.