The Original Rain Man

By the early 1900’s, the art of rainmaking offered more hype than hope. Before large-scale water projects, farmers, ranchers, cities, and towns in the arid west were often desperate for liquid relief. They would pay handsome fees to anyone who could summon moisture from the air. Most of these self-professed pluviculturists were con men. Some … Continue reading The Original Rain Man

“Free the Rivers” – Benefits of Historical Dam Removal

Long before the Standing Rock Sioux reminded us that “Water is Life!”, pre-colonial Americans deeply understood this simple truth in a way none of us can now imagine.  Rivers were their lifeblood; something they respected and ultimately put to use to make their lives easier. What resulted from their early ingenuity were thousands of dams … Continue reading “Free the Rivers” – Benefits of Historical Dam Removal

Recent Water Worries

A good mystery always entails intriguing circumstances and a circuitous pathway to its solution.  Whether it’s a deceptive villain intent on causing mayhem for the masses or a calculating killer, focusing single mindedly on his next victim, the goal is always the same - stay undetected and strike again.  This same objective may be true … Continue reading Recent Water Worries

Arizona Water Pioneers – Jack Swilling

A fractured skull and a bullet lodged in the side would be enough to take down most men, but Jack Swilling wasn’t like most men. One of Arizona’s most colorful characters, Jack had a disposition that varied based upon who you talked to and the amount of opiate-laced painkiller he drank. Family members considered him … Continue reading Arizona Water Pioneers – Jack Swilling

Arizona Water Pioneers – Carl Hayden

Few people might equate silence with power but that’s just the sort of paradox that defined Carl Hayden. Known as the “Silent Senator”, on the occasions when Hayden spoke before Congress, it was always with brevity and impact. What little Hayden said usually spoke volumes to his colleagues. He was known as a man of … Continue reading Arizona Water Pioneers – Carl Hayden

Arizona Water Pioneers – William Beardsley

Like a late-blooming teenager, 19th century Arizona was still trying to define itself.  Soldiers, miners and rugged pioneers gradually made their way to Arizona to begin life anew in a challenging landscape. These early pioneers quickly realized water was both the key to their survival as well as a powerful force to reckon with. Water, … Continue reading Arizona Water Pioneers – William Beardsley

Southwest Water History – The American Canal

Historically, water has always been a problem in the American southwest. In the 19th century, the problem was either too much water or too little. Too much came in the form of sporadic, intense storms producing uncontrollable flood waters which destroyed everything in its path. Too little resulted from prolonged drought conditions or attempts to … Continue reading Southwest Water History – The American Canal