Pat Mulroy - Part 2: Adapting the Invisible Utility

Part 2 — Institutions and Infrastructure
Expanding on topics brought up in Part 1, water manager Pat Mulroy explores in Institutions and Infrastructure how the policy, governance, and history of the Colorado river region are interacting with the “new normal” water-scarce conditions.

How are ordinary people and decision makers responding to a long drought? How do we pursue consensus over conflict? While institutions can shift, bend, and anticipate, water infrastructure like dams, pipes, and valves are far more fixed and rigid. If they weren’t designed for current (or projected) conditions, then how can people either adjust to inefficiency or modify that infrastructure? Perhaps most importantly, how do we begin to think about sustainability in the context of a shifting climate?

For more information and background on the Colorado River and the Southern Nevada Water Authority, select Read More.
Some relevant links:

The public site for the Southern Nevada Water Authority can be found
here. For non-US readers who are unfamiliar with the western US, the Colorado River basin quite large and much of the area is arid or semi-arid, as shown in the map here. You can read a brief overview of the basin at this site, and you can also get a sense of how much infrastructure exists across
the basin and the active role of drought there from this site, run by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA).
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