Agriculture

November 4, 2011--The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta future (Environmental News Network)

USGS scientists and academic colleagues have investigated how California's interconnected San Francisco Bay and Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta (the Bay-Delta system) is expected to change from 2010 to 2099 in response to both fast and moderate climate warming scenarios.


October 30, 2011--Catastrophic drought in Texas causes global economic ripples (New York Times)

The drought map created by University College London shows a number of worryingly dry areas around the globe, in places including East Africa, Canada, France and Britain. But the largest area of catastrophic drought centers on Texas. It is an angry red swath on the map, signifying what has been the driest year in the state’s history.


October 30, 2011--Massive California farm-to-city water deal snared in litigation (Los Angeles Times)

A 2003 water pact between the Imperial Valley and San Diego County was supposed to be good for both parties, and for California. But the agreement — billed as the largest sale of water from farms to cities in the nation — is snared in litigation and the outcome is uncertain.


October 30, 2011--Back-to-back dry years worry NM water officials (Denver Post)

Everyone in New Mexico knows about the drought—from the farmers and ranchers who live on the plains to ditch riders in the Rio Grande Valley and backyard gardeners in the

LPEA Receives USDA Grant

The La Plata Electric Association (LPEA) was awarded a $100,000 USDA-Rural Development Grant last fall to help members save energy and explore renewable energy options.  The funds are designated to assist rural small businesses, specifically irrigators and water companies, with energy audits and renewable energy development. 


September 25, 2011--Water lease test aims to end 'buy and dry' trend (Aurora Sentinel)

A pilot project in Colorado's Arkansas Valley seeks to break a "buy and dry" trend in which thirsty cities buy water rights from farmers desperate for cash in times of severe drought, only to permanently parch cropland, shutter farms and hurt the tax bases of agricultural towns.


September 21, 2011--Water, water nowhere? (Telluride Watch)

By some models, the Front Range of Colorado will drink 350 billion more gallons of water each year by 2050 than it already does. Three hundred and fifty billion. Colorado’s population is expected to double in that time, with a bulk of that concentrated along the I-25 Corridor. Where will all that water come from?


September 2, 2011--California watershed program to pay farmers, ranchers, foresters (Ag Journal)

Sustainable Conservation, in partnership with Environmental Defense Fund, Environmental Incentives, Protected Harvest and the Sierra Nevada Conservancy, has been awarded a $372,000 Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG) from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to develop a pilot program to measure environmental benefits in California’s Mokelumne River Watershed.


August 29, 2011--Want water? Take a number (Durango Herald)

For Native Americans who inhabited this area in prehistoric times, the Animas River held little appeal. Fish were not a part of their diet, and they shared with other Western tribes a belief in “water babies,” evil spirits that pulled children into the lake to drown them, said Andrew Gulliford, a professor of history at Fort Lewis College.


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