‘Water wars’ have been going on here in the states for some time. Out in the west they are of long standing as agricultural interests fight for water allocation with the ever-growing needs of the cities.Governmental water boards, environmentalists and the various endangered species (like smelt) they try and protect, are constantly engaged in the skirmish for water. In the east states like TN, Georgia etc are constantly fighting over who ‘owns’ and should therefore ‘control’ bodies of water. Aquifers in the Midwest both upper and middle are drying up – more fighting and regulation.
As nature and her weather patterns shift and change, vast areas of the country are even now experiencing drought. US cattle herds are at the lowest number since 1956 as ranchers have been selling off their herds for the last few years as they can not afford to feed them and their drought-stricken land can not sustain them. Some of the most productive land (if irrigated) lies fallow, taken out of production as farmers can not get enough water allocated to grow produce. We import more and more food from other countries.
Water was one of the top two reasons it took so long to find current homestead. Location the other. As a long time gardner/small farmer in an area that can experience high summer heat and drought conditions some years, access to and multiple sources of water with an origination source on the property itself was critical.
As food prices continue to rise, despite the governments continual proclamations that there is really no inflation and the economy is in ‘recovery’, lack of water is already driving up US food costs. Beef all time high, lime shortages, pecan shortages….the American consumer as a whole seems to remain clueless where their food comes from and what it takes to produce it. It should, somehow, just magically appear completely perfect, unblemished and in mass quantities on the grocery store shelves. The country is in for a rude awakening.