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PUP 301 Assignment I

PUP 301 Assignment I - Nick Lanza PUP 301 Cromarty(Ellen...

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Nick Lanza PUP 301 Cromarty 2/14/08 (Ellen Hanak), “Linking House Growth to Water Supply,” Journal of the American Planning Association , Online, Spring 2006, (2006). Could you imagine having to pump your water like you do with gas? Would you pay the demand price for water if it suddenly ran out? This situation, although dramatic, could be the result of an ongoing problem facing many of the western states in our country. Water is the primary source of life in the dry, semi-arid states that make up the southwest. It creates food and electricity, while also helping people tolerate the heat- drenched summers. Even with this strong dependency on water, people still find the desert to be a great place to live. Cheap housing is a major contributor to economic growth in the region. Researcher and economist, Ellen Hanak, studied these patterns and evaluated whether or not water adequacy laws effectively help protect this precious resource while also encouraging residential development in these western states. Her article, “Linking House Growth to Water Supply,” exposes this effort in five states: California, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, and Colorado. Water adequacy legislation allows states to voluntarily participate in a program aimed at ensuring that water is available in homes for future generations. This program must also help promote economic and residential growth in the area. Most states, realizing the significance of conserving water, have made strong efforts to find new ways to get fresh water to its citizens during the development of its cities. As population trends begin to emerge in certain areas of the southwest, some states have found trouble when attempting to maintain the needed water supply levels.
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Population booms across the region have raised debate over whether or not the region’s water supply will support these trends. Nevada's population grew at a rate of 4.5% per year between 1980 and 2005 and has added over 80,000 new residents per year between 2000 and 2005. Arizona added 3.2% of the population per year for the same period and over 160,000 residents per year since 2000. California, the most populous state, has added approximately 450,000 persons per year since 2000 (U.S. Census Bureau, 2006). This fast development has increased the demand for water, especially
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