The desire of Las Vegas to access water from a common aquifer that underlies both Utah and Nevada has been in the news. The issues it raises could be solved fairly painlessly if the Colorado River Basin states would think outside of the box. California obtained the lion's share of the water rights to that river over a century ago. Why can't the Golden State obtain water for the coastal cities, the Central Valley and the Imperial Valley out of the Pacific Ocean and let the interior states have the water from the Colorado? Israel, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait all use ocean water. Las Vegas, St. George, Phoenix and Tucson would all benefit.