Booming West Faces Busted Water Supply

Projections of water shortages and predicted changes in the climate mean bad news for water users in the American West.

And with more than 23 million more residents expected to live in the region by 2030, resources will become increasingly stressed.

"[G]iven the International Panel on Climate Change's warnings about anthropogenic global warming and a well-documented expanding drought, residents of the West are not just living on borrowed water, they're also living on borrowed time.

Glen MacDonald is the director of the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability and an international expert on the effects of climate change and drought. He says that the best climate models that exist predict the 21st century is likely to be increasingly arid if greenhouse gases increase. But discounting that, MacDonald says we can expect more severe and longer-lasting droughts than occurred in the 20th century.

'It all adds up to the fact that we have to do some very, very serious long-range water resource planning,' he says."

Full Story: Water Shortages Threaten the American West Lifestyle


Prepare for the AICP* Exam

Join the thousands of students who have utilized the Planetizen AICP* Exam Preparation Class to prepare for the American Planning Association's AICP* exam.
Starting at $245
Book cover of the Guide to Graduate Planning Programs 4th Edition

Thinking about Grad School?

The Planetizen Guide to Graduate Urban Planning Programs is the only comprehensive ranking and listing of graduate urban planning programs available.
Starting at $24.95

Stay thirsty, urbanists

These sturdy water bottles are eco-friendly and perfect for urbanists on the go.

City Coasters

Hand-drawn engraved maps of your favorite neighborhoods are divided up across 4 coasters making each one unique.