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The western United States has significant water resources due to the presence of numerous rivers, including the Colorado, Columbia, Missouri, Snake, and many supporting tributaries. Natural and manmade lakes and oceanic supplies further enhance national water resources. As the U.S. population began migrating to and settling in the West starting in the late nineteenth century, the demand for electricity and its delivery increased. These demographic trends have continued through the first decade of the twenty-first century, as 2010 decennial population census statistics demonstrate. Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Texas, and Washington State saw their populations grow enough to increase their congressional representation, with Texas gaining four new representatives for the 113th Congress (2013–14).
The economic and political imperative of providing businesses and individuals with increased, affordable, and dependable ...