Issues Survey: The Future of Water
It has been said that in the future wars will be fought over water, not oil. Political fights have already started; Candidate Bill Richardson said (and purportedly recanted) "I want a national water policy. We need a dialog between states to deal with issues like water conservation, water reuse technology, water delivery and water production. States like Wisconsin are awash in water." Michigan Congressman Vern Ehlers responded negatively: "I would suspect we'd call up the militia and take up arms,We feel that serious about it." A professor noted: "It doesn't make economic sense to send Great Lakes water to the High Plains or the Southwest, but we know the thirsty will be calling."