Sunday, September 23, 2012

Shared Comment VWC-DEIS 35945 - 3.4 Water Rights and Use


Your DEIS 34945 presented an unacceptably optimistic developer’s appraisal, rather than a sober examination of the looming water crisis in the south west.  And gave the following piece of key information short shrift.
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Draft Environmental Impact Statement - Village at Wolf Creek Access Project
Chapter 3.  Affected Environment - Page 3-25
3.4 Water Rights and Use
3.4.1 Scope of Analysis
However, these (LMJV) water rights are relatively junior in priority and could be placed on call by downstream senior water rights.” 

Given that the water situation is becoming more restricted, how are junior water rights going help fill those two years worth of storage capacity for a village?

Shouldn’t the final Environmental Impact Statement include some science including the important information within the links listed below:

According to United States Global Change Research Group
(Integrating federal research on global change and climate change)  
We have these key issues to face and prepare for:
  1. Water supplies will become increasingly scarce, calling for trade-offs among competing uses, and potentially leading to conflict.
  1. Increasing temperature, drought, wildfire, and invasive species will accelerate transformation of the landscape.
  1. Increased frequency and altered timing of flooding will increase risks to people, ecosystems, and infrastructure.
  1. Unique tourism and recreation opportunities are likely to suffer.
  1. Cities and agriculture face increasing risks from a changing climate.
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Here are a few more informative links that provide the information needed to make the final EIS more complete that the draft EIS.

NOAA: Extreme Weather 2011 - Factoids

IPCC Special Report on Extreme Weather 

Political leaders play key role in public understanding of climate change

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