Despite their assurances to the contrary, we can't help but think that building a "year-round watersports paradise" in a severely drought-stricken region may not be such a hot idea. Given that Phoenix, which sits in the middle of a desert, has been suffering from a series of droughts over the last 11 years (never mind that the water levels in its rivers recently dipped to near-record lows), it seems as though it could find better uses for its scarce water supplies
Jerry Hug, one of the businessmen behind the water park, called Waveyard, wants to recreate the seascape of either Indonesia or Hawaii on a site encompassing 125 acres - located about 200 miles away from the closest beach. This brilliant scheme will require an initial investment of 189m liters of water, with a projected 380m liters each subsequent year for maintenance and troubleshooting purposes. "Lie on our white sand, rent a beach chair, ride a boogie board, build a massive sand castle. The Lost Coast will deliver the beach, the waves and the coastal lifestyle," reads one of Waveyard's colorful ads - which boasts a wide array of exciting water sports such as snorkeling, scuba diving and canoeing.
Surprisingly, the project has faced little to no opposition by residents of Mesa, the nearest town. Local officials are hoping that the provision of up to 7,500 new jobs will help buoy the economy and cancel out any potential negative effects caused by the park's large consumption of water. Even Rita Maguire, the resident water expert, praised the park as providing a much-needed component to the community: "recreation."
Sounds like a reasonable trade-off.
Via ::Guardian Unlimited: Water park planned for Arizona desert (news website)