I decided to join in on Blog Action Day 2010 after seeing Michael's mention of it a few days ago. The theme this year is WATER. You can view Michael's contribution - a collection of photos depicting the urgency of our water problems - here.
Water is clearly a very important issue, and an increasingly urgent concern. I thought the best way I might be able to contribute is to talk a bit about an issue I came to be very familiar with over the summer - the Las Vegas Water Grab. Essentially, the Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA), which mainly serves Clark County, has been trying for the past 20 years or so to build a pipeline that would draw water from northeastern Nevada down to Vegas. In other words, they're trying to suck water out of a desert in order to irrigate a desert and turn it into golf courses and casinos.
If the pipeline were to be built, it would have numerous implications for the people living in northeastern Nevada. The ranchers would have less water to supply their herds, the towns would have less water to provide their citizens, etc. But most important to me is that a number of springs will likely dry up. These springs are sacred to the area Shoshone tribes - they are places of rebirth and renewal as well as sources of innumerable traditional-use plants and animals.
This action is unjustifiable - especially considering the economic state of Las Vegas. It needs to be stopped. Fortunately few people - even in Vegas - support it. For more information on the water grab, and for ways you can help, visit The Great Basin Water Network.