By Trey Rusk
I love the desert. I travel there several times a year. Winter and summer. I feel better when I leave the humidity of Galveston County. Whether I go to the high desert in North Nevada or to Phoenix, the lack of humidity suits me.
Las Vegas is growing. Even with resort fees and paid parking the strip hotel/casinos are making money. Previous thinking was that the resorts would piss so many people off that they would stop visiting. In my opinion, they pulled themselves out of debt with resort fees. Unemployment is down and the big recession is over. Resorts are setting occupancy records.
Things are looking up and naysayers are hard to find. Clark County is optimistic and has asked for proposals to expand Las Vegas into the desert. Las Vegas which means The Meadows in English had abundant grass and natural springs for the Native Americans who populated the area before 1900.
While I'm for a growing economy, I find it concerning that the growing population may use more water than can be provided. The Colorado River cannot sustain the population growth. Water rights are already causing friction between Utah, Nevada, Arizona and California.
At this time, snow runoff from the Rocky Mountains and the Sierra Nevada Range are major providers of water for the entire area. Yes, some desalination has developed along the California coast but it cannot supply the state.
The severe drought of 2016 is returning with a vengeance. Snow levels last year were dismal at best. Wildfires are already burning across several states. Unless Clark County has a way to produce water I believe the end of the big desert resorts may be in the forecast.
Check your history. Entire civilizations were decimated by drought in the desert Southwest and if water resources are not found soon, real estate in Las Vegas may get real cheap.
Editors Note: Headline from Brietbart News on June 5, 2018.
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