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Summary and Final Tasks
In the first part of Module 8, you've learned about the water appropriation laws that have shaped access to water in much of the U.S. As you've seen, cities, especially in the arid American West, now must operate within the limits of these water appropriations, regardless of population or economic growth they have accommodated in recent decades. The tension between finite water allocation (i.e. from the CO River) and continued growth has motivated a diverse portfolio of strategies in place to cope with water scarcity and potential shortage. You are now well versed in these approaches, and should be able to describe them, and discuss the costs and benefits of each. In the second part of Module 8 (Module 8.2), we will build upon this knowledge and introduce another risk factor for water supply - that of climate change.
Reminder - Complete all of the Module 8.1 tasks!
You have reached the end of Module 8.1! Double-check the to-do list on the Module 8.1 Roadmap to make sure you have completed all of the activities listed there before you begin Module 8.2.
References and Further Reading
The Big Thirst Chapters 5 and 7
Southern Nevada Water Authority 2015 Water Resource Plan