Pro Publica: Killing the Colorado

Pro Publica is publishing a five-part series on water politics in the West: Killing the Colorado.

I tried to find an exemplary quote, but there are too many. Worth your time to read, even the comments are reasonable.

Update. This is the fourth time I’ve posted a link to this series. The first and second were on Twitter and the third was on Facebook. None of those are as easy to remember as putting something here, so here it is.

In my posting on Facebook, I noted the book Cadillac Desert and in response got a link to the PBS series on the book.

Turning Onto 49

I just turned 49. Life’s only getting better!

I can hear you asking, “What can I do to help Brent celebrate?”

Here’s the answer: Donate to Matt Mullenweg’s mycharity:water campaign. I did.1Who’s Matt? He’s the developer of WordPress, the blogging/CMS software I, and nearly one out of four new websites, use.

Go be a donor. You’ll feel good. You will help.


You can celebrate my birthday until further notice… <;-)

Friday Update From Ashley

Although Ashley’s Internet access has improved, the drinking water situation has not:

First water topic – I am really thirsty! I have a quarter liter left in my water bottle so you would think I would quench my thirst. However, we have been without running water for about 3 days. That means that when you turn the faucet, there’s nothing there. We had some water stored in the freezer, but today when I opened it, there was no more left. We all knew it was coming. We rationed pretty well considering. 10 liters of water for 16 people for 3 days. I just hope it comes back fast.

We are concerned. Although the orphanage has deep wells and generators to power the pumps, something broken in the filtration system is preventing their use. I’d say it’s time for the old standby: boiling water and bleach.

Please keep Ashley and the orphanage in your prayers.