Water scarcity is a big problem for the Colorado River Basin states out West, including Arizona. And Arizona seems to be well aware of it as they are now holding a contest pushing for innovative ideas:
A $100,000 prize awaits the group that comes up with the most innovative campaign to push water scarcity into the forefront of public conversation.
The Water Consciousness Challenge is the first phase of the New Arizona Prize offered by the Arizona Community Foundation in collaboration with The Arizona Republic and the Morrison Institute for Public Policy. Underwriting for the program comes from the Tashman Fund and the Lodestar Foundation.
When I wrote Inevitable, my cynical side let me imagine that there was no innovative solution. Other than the population control installed which serves as the centerpiece setting for the novel. I hope you engineers, entrepreneurs and scientists can come up with something better.
Politico’s front page story on its newspaper today reported on the effect the California drought is having on the food industry there:
Thanks to the historic drought in California, prices may spike for the specialty rice used in the popular Japanese dish. Production of the rice, which is grown primarily in the Golden State, is expected to drop by 25 percent this year.
California — and the Sacramento Valley in particular — is the nation’s primary source for the high-quality short- and medium-grain rice used in sushi and is a major supplier of the rice for other countries, too. But the state’s 2,500 rice growers this year planted just 420,000 acres, about a quarter fewer than usual, because farmers weren’t allowed to use water for more, according to the California Rice Commission.
A theme on these news stories is that at first glance you may chuckle. But, look closer. The water drought is affecting the price and availability of food for one of the largest economies in the world – the State of California. Nothing funny about that. Its time to start taking the water crisis seriously or the future will look a lot like Inevitable where food and water rationing are only a prerequisite to the imposition of term limits on life.