Out-Migration Option


I found “Unite and Conquer” fascinating, informative and thorough. It appears Ms. Mulroy has moved the Southwest water conversation to greater depths indeed. What I find disappointing, however, is that despite all talk of openness, one option is unfortunately dismissed out of hand. Why not spend the billion dollars suggested for a groundwater-pumping alternative to pay people to out-migrate and limit future in-migration? The arid Southwest has never been a place where water exists to support a large human population. Let’s listen to and respect the Earth and “nature’s ways” and not attempt to technologize around its given reality. Techno-solutions always lose in the end, despite short-term wins, and endanger and harm others in the process.

Baz Stevens
Freeland, Washington

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