This map shows what America would look like if it followed its watersheds. It's an America designed to use water more efficiently, and reduce state conflicts over water. Think state conflicts over water aren't a big deal? Then you don't know that Georgia, Florida, and Alabama are engaged in a massive battle over their water sources. There's a similar situation in the dry Southwest. Will the states go to war? Almost certainly not--but there must be a better solution.
Made by John Lavey, a land use planner at the Sonoran Institute, the map is inspired by an idea from 19th-century adventurer and geologist John Wesley Powell. In 1879, Powell proposed that "as the Western states were brought into the union they be formed around watersheds, rather than arbitrary political boundaries." Powell's map of Western "watershed states" is very different than what we have today.
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Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc