Water, Water Everywhere? Fresh Water Battle May Begin Soon between Thirsty U.S.
Date: Friday, January 13 2006
Water, Water Everywhere?
Fresh Water Battle May Begin Soon between Thirsty U.S. and Canada
By Matt Gnaizda
Epoch Times New York Staff Jan 12, 2006
The Colorado River flows though Marble Canyon downstream from Glen Canyon Dam and Lake Powell. Years of drought in the Southwestern United States has seen the river's flow reduced by almost half since 2000. The drought has left the two massive reservoirs that catch the Colorado River less than half full.
Today in most of the U.S. and Canada, you can get 1,000 liters (265 gallons) of water for less than the price of a grande-size Starbucks coffee. But it may not be this way for long; as demand for water grows and supplies dwindle, some experts are suggesting that water will be the oil of the 21st century.
In North America, the last decade has seen the beginnings of what is expected to develop into a major cross-border dispute over water between the United States and Canada. Canada has been blessed with roughly 20 percent of the world's fresh water, and as some American communities now face recurring droughts and threats of having their water supplies run dry in the near future, many are looking to Canada to fill the need.
"I think [the water issue] is going to start coming up much sooner than a lot of people realize," said Maude Barlow, chairwoman of the Council of Canadians in an interview with the Epoch Times last week.
"There are huge parts of the American Midwest and South that are in deep trouble, water-wise, and I think it's just going to be a matter of time before they start looking towards Canada's water as they have done on energy and say that [Canada's] water is not [Canada's] anymore, it's continental water."