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Will There Be Water?

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

Will There Be Water? 

In the space of a lifetime, critical issues about water use, and the availability of fresh water will confront the world. Food production, municipalities, industry, and energy will all compete for a dwindling natural resource, Water.


Excerpts from Southwest Hydrology September/October 2008, with some Commentary!

Early in U.S. history, public policy was fashioned to encourage settlement of the West. Laws such as the Homestead Act of 1862 and the Desert Lands Act of 1877 were framed to transfer government land to settlers. In 1902 the Reclamation Act provided funding for construction and maintenance of western irrigation projects. In its first annual report (1903), Reclamation had this to say” so that the remaining public lands will furnish the greatest possible number of homes, is an object worthy of the sustained effort of enlightened and patriotic citizens”. The public works that followed included such things as Hoover Dam, Shasta Dam, Newlands project, Yuma Project, Klamath project, Hetchy Aqueduct, and many more. With the 1902 Reclamation act the face of the West was changed forever. It must be pointed out and understood, these efforts and projects were directed at irrigation needs, based on a population that farmed for a living. Nothing like the urban shifts projected today!

Basin and Range Carbonite Aquifer System Study

What is a Water Table?

NASA Data Reveal Major Groundwater Loss in California

Groundwater Depletion Rate Accelerating Worldwide

Then came the drought-at a magnitude that had no probability of occurring, according to U.S. Bureau of Reclamation models based on a century of historical data. Sorry science guys, in the big picture, a century of data, barely counts as a data base.

In the blink of an eye, half a decades work to manage the Colorado River and meet the supply requirement and commitments has faded, as have the water levels in the Colorado River’s two prime reservoirs. Lake Mead and Lake Powell.   Today science is telling to expect less in the furture.

Lake Powell Water Levels

The opportunity to own water rights in this arid region, especially at today’s prices will soon go by the way side. This offering price is currently subject to change without notice.

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Thursday, January 27th, 2011

Fortune magazine, Clear back in the June 22, 2009 issue there was a good article on “Why Farm Land is Hot”. Why ETF’s are investing today for the long haul on the food and water shortages in our future. From 1960 to 2000 the world went from over one acre of arable land per person to just over a half acre of arable land per person.


Growing populations and the shrinking supply of arable land will be a key focus of humanity as millions starve in the not too distant future. Water in many locations is the key to food production.


Water rights in Nevada are our most valuable resource. Irrigated agricultural land is available and the prices are increasing. Many basins in Nevada are closed to any future additional water rights; the supply side is very limited and will not increase. While demand continues to grow, with or without future housing developments.

We have cattle ranches with live springs filling stock tanks to water the cattle, and the ranch owns those water rights. We have sections of land with irrigation pivots watering grains like wheat and barley, as well as potatoes, and alfalfa. These irrigation pivots are fed from wells on the land and the farmers own those water rights.

Many farmers are looking to lease this farm and ranch ground, offering reasonable rates of return to investors. You can own a half full strip mall with falling rents and potential future higher vacancy rates, or farm land with water rights.

If you have the means and are still not sure of the future demand, check out what the executives from some the  nation’s largest agricultural companies have to say about the future demand.
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Retire Secure, Happy, Healthy and Self Sufficient

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

The UN may be wrong about the world’s oceans running out of fish

The news about food shortages today and tomorrow may be wrong

The news about fresh water shortages may be wrong

The IMF may wrong about fiscal deficits and global financial crisis

Al Gore and his wacky environmental friends may be wrong about global warming

This writer seems be advocating a China approach, “But if resources are limited, the last thing we need is a growing population. We would be better off with a smaller population, so that earth’s limited resources can be shared among a smaller number of people, providing more for each person. If families start having only one child each, this would be helpful from a resources point of view, but it would make it even more difficult to pay off out all of the outstanding debt, in addition to paying for Social Security and Medicare benefits for all the seniors.” From The Intelligence Daily

These people believe it is government’s responsibility, “Governments are responsible for providing access to adequate food to eliminate hunger, malnutrition and starvation.

Obama and his crowd would probably go for this idea! Actually they may be taking us down this road of becoming a totally dependant society deliberately.

These people say oil sands may as hazardous as the Gulf oil leak, “Oil sands development is ‘kind of like the gulf spill but playing out in slow motion’, said report co-author Doug Cogan, director of climate risk management at RiskMetrics. He called it a ‘land-based’ version of the gulf disaster.”

Much of this information feels like it is presented with a bias agenda, and some seem to lack basic common sense, whether it is backed by a guy with a degree in a science field or not.

We do know between 15,000 to 25,000 children die each day around the world because of malnutrition and water borne disease. We do know malnutrition is a serious problem in the United States for seniors and children living in poverty.

We do know we are overdrafting aquifers around the world and fresh water tables are dropping in many parts of the United States and around the world.

We do know the demand for food and fresh water will increase as the world’s population increases.

Many around the world can not help themselves out of this daily nightmare. Unfortunately this scenario is going to get worse as we place greater demand on finite resources.

Many are convinced these trends will lead to a resurgence in rural America. So there you have it, my agenda. I sell rural land in Nevada with water rights. A place where you can create a sustainable self sufficient lifestyle that could protect you from becoming a statistic.

Lifestyle is what draws most people to rural living; it gives them a sense of getting back to their fundamental roots. Raising a garden, chickens that lay fresh eggs, fruit trees and farm raised meats.

I am convinced economics, urban blight and a desire for an active productive lifestyle will bring many more to consider affordable rural lifestyles. Retired does not mean dead, although it might if you don’t stay active.

When you combine a nice little piece of land and a small efficient home with proper solar orientation, a mild climate, some good dirt and water, you have the basic recipe.

Marketing to retirees has largely been focused on golf, activity/recreation center with social clubs in large planned unit developments, which is fine for some, but there are other options.

Your grand children will enjoy visiting your “farm”.

I have some good friends, they live in what he and his wife lovingly refer to as their “bunk house”, it is small but quite luxurious. It is completely solar, with propane and a wood burning stove. A solar pump provides water. They raise most all their own food, and have a nice little income from extra produce sold at the farmers market. They have television and internet, and a small green house. They tell me this new lifestyle is the greatest thing they have ever done, short of raising some great kids. They are some of the happiest people I know!

They also tell me they sleep very well at night knowing that no matter goes on in the world, they “feel” secure.

Our ancestors lived off the land; you can go back to a slower, simpler, more rewarding way of life. The biggest difference today from back then is modern technology. Instead of plowing your garden behind a horse, you can ride a small tractor. You can raise chickens to lay eggs or broilers that are designed to be eaten. You can have peacocks and geese as watch dogs and security systems.

We are looking at and working on developing larger tracts for mini farms. Some bankers seem to think this idea is crazy and have told me no one will ever buy it. I would appreciate your thoughts, ideas, and input. Does this make sense to you?

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Food, Water and Real World Issues, Copenhagen’s Missing Ingredient

Monday, November 30th, 2009

When the well runs dry
Las Vegas depends on Lake Mead, the Colorado River for its water supply. So do the other six states that are parties to theColorado River Pact of 1922. California grows much of the produce you eat.

The Ogallala
has been over drafted for the last 60 years and it will not last forever. From the North Plains District,
The Ogallala Aquifer within the boundaries of the North Plains Groundwater Conservation District is declining at an average of 1.74 feet per year (1,082,631 acre ft).
Could the well run dry and if so what next?
Can they conserve and save it?

The Memphis Alluvial
along the Mississippi River is being over drafted to the extreme in places, who would have thought this part of the country would have water issues.

Washington State certainly gets plenty of rain how could they have water problems? Yet
Washington State has an aquifer in trouble.

While they argue about global warming at the Copenhagen Global Warming conference and the politicians figure out cap and tax, our ground water,
our aquifers,
are in trouble all over the country.

Water rights in Nevada are owned as an appurtenance to the land.

If you would like to learn more about Nevada Ranch land and Nevada’s Irrigated Farm land market,

Chris W. Miller specializes in this area of the real estate business, this is a specialized Business.

Dedicated Land Professionals with the Answers You Need.

Nevada Land opportunities in Irrigated Farm and Ranch Land with Water Rights.

Water Rights For Sale on Irrigated Nevada Farms and Ranch Land

1200 Acre Ranch with Live springs and Water Rights

4.5 sections, 17 Wells, 18 Pivots Irrigated Farm

2000 Acres Irrigated, 10 Wells, Nice Nevada Farm Land

1000 Deeded, 33,479 Acre Grazing Lease Cattle Ranch With Water Rights

266 Acres, 821 Acre Feet of Ground Water Rights, BLM Grazing Leases

These are a sampling of the types of Nevada Ranch properties available. For more information on Nevada Farm and Ranch Land Call Chris

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Monday, October 26th, 2009

When most people think of farm land and ranch property, they think open ranges, hay fields, cattle and cowboys riding horses.


Wall Street seems like a far off place in another world. A fast paced place driven by profit and greed.


It seems the classic contradiction, slower paced, straight talking, down to earth folks making their living off the land verses the Bernie Madoff and George Soros types.


Truth is, the story I am about to tell you just may be a little sad, because Wall Street is buying up the farm. Over the past few years investment power houses like BlackRock, and retirement plan giants like TIAA-CREF has been plowing money into farmland. In Nevada farm land generally means land with water rights, due to the arid climate.


These are smart people who are motivated by money and profit.


Here is the deal; the fundamentals are in place for a long term boom in prices for everything AG-related. Consider this; in 1960 there were 1.1 acres of arable farmland per person globally, according to data from the United Nations. By 2000 that number had fallen to .6 acres. Over the next 40 years the world population is projected to grow from 6 billion to 9 billion.


According to Joachim von Braun, director general of the International Food Policy Research Institute, “Land is scarce and will become scarcer as the world has to double food output to satisfy increased demand by 2050”. “With limited land and water resources, this will automatically lead to increased valuations of productive land.” Von Braun goes on to say, “It goes hand in hand with water, Water scarcity will probably increase even more than land.”


Water in Nevada is today in short supply and clearly demand will outpace supply as they continue to close basins to new permits. Water rights in Nevada have another issue facing the dwindling supply, the demographic shift of the baby boomers to the more tax favorable warmer climate. Choices, decisions, are being made today, do we use the water for agriculture and food production, or do we pipe to Las Vegas for culinary use.


Farmers and ranchers want to stay in the business, but millions of dollars waved under their noses make it tough to say no to the sale. Many will stay on and lease to continue to live the lifestyle they love. These lease payments are cash flow on the investments. Could it be a win-win situation?


Commodities guru Jim Rogers says, “I’m convinced that farmland is going to be one of the best investments of our time.” 


Meanwhile, B.L. Harris, acting director of the Texas Water Resource Institute, knows well the problems of the Ogallala system. “The one big issue with regard to the Ogallala is the fact that the annual recharge is much, much lower than the extraction rate that we are putting on the aquifer at the present time. The aquifer is over-drafted to a substantial extent.” The Ogallala is one of the world’s largest aquifers covering 174,000 square miles; it runs from South Dakota to Texas. Some estimates say it will dry up in as little as 25 years.


Farmers are smart and they talk, they may wear overalls and talk funny, but farming is older than Wall Street. Water and food are the sources of life for the planet, demand is guaranteed to grow. There are few guarantees on Wall Street. Farming is a difficult business, but it is a fine tuned machine, executed right it is a profit opportunity.


Chris W. Miller is Nevada irrigated farm and ranch land specialist with ERA Brokers Consolidated. Chris has Nevada farms as small as 266 acres with ground water rights, to Nevada cattle ranches as large as 34,000 acres including rangeland leases, listed and available for sale. For information about Nevada farm and ranch land with water rights call Chris today 702-346-7200 or 435-862-5951

Chris W. Miller

ERA Brokers Consolidated

Mesquite NV  89027

702- 346-7200


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