Desert Water Wars

November 6, 2011 - 12:45 PM
In this Oct. 19, 2011 photo, Seth Shteir, a California Desert Field Representative for the National Parks Conservation Association, hikes to a natural spring at the Mojave National Preserve near Kelso, Calif. By tapping into an aquifer the size of Rhode Island under a 35,000-acre Cadiz ranch, proponents say they can supply 400,000 people with drinking water in only a few years. "There's a lot of unknowns here but we think this project has the potential to adversely affect air quality, draw down water resources and alter the flow of groundwater beneath the Mojave Preserve," says Shteir, whose association plans to scrutinize an environmental review of the project, expected to be released this month. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)