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October 14th, 2014

October 15, 2014--The West is bone dry. Here’s how to help (Washington Post)

Drought is rampant these days in many parts of the American West, so consider this a pretty sweet gift: You’ve just been given the rights to some water. An acre-foot of it, to be exact, which is roughly enough to fill an NBA basketball court so the water laps at the bottom of the backboard. Your job is to turn around and use that resource in the most valuable way possible.


October 14, 2014--Small hydro on irrigation canals in Colorado (Mountain News)

In 1909, President William Howard Taft arrived in Montrose on a train to dedicate one of the federal government’s first reclamation projects. With aid of federal funds, a 5.8-mile tunnel was bored from the Black Canyon of the Gunnison River to divert water onto the fertile fields of the Uncompahgre Valley.


October 14, 2014--18,000 Coloradans call on water board for strong conservation and efficiency in state water plan (Groundfloor Media)

More than 18,000 people across Colorado have sent messages supporting smart water policies such as increased conservation and efficiency to be prioritized in the first-ever Colorado State Water Plan. Set in motion through an executive order by Gov. John Hickenlooper, the plan will determine how water is managed across Colorado for decades to come.


October 13, 2014--Sea level rise over past century unmatched in 6,000 years, says study (Guardian)

The rise in sea levels seen over the past century is unmatched by any period in the past 6,000 years, according to a lengthy analysis of historical sea level trends.


October 13, 2014--Groundwater rule brings wave of protest from Western governors, farm bureau (Deseret News)

A proposal by the U.S. Forest Service to consider groundwater impacts when it issues a special use permit has drawn the ire of Western governors and groups like the Utah Farm Bureau, who contend the agency is overstepping its regulatory authority.


October 12, 2014--Drugs flushed into the environment could be cause of wildlife decline (Guardian)

Potent pharmaceuticals flushed into the environment via human and animal sewage could be a hidden cause of the global wildlife crisis, according to new research. The scientists warn that worldwide use of the drugs, which are designed to be biologically active at low concentrations, is rising rapidly but that too little is currently known about their effect on the natural world.


October 12, 2014--U.S. Bureau of Reclamation - Basin municipalities and federal government take action to protect the Colorado River (YNN)

 Faced with the increasing probability of shortage on the Colorado River, municipal water providers in Arizona, California, Nevada and Colorado, and the Bureau of Reclamation are implementing a landmark Colorado River System Conservation program. Reclamation is soliciting water conservation project proposals from Colorado River entitlement holders in Arizona, California, and Nevada.


October 12, 2014--Drought making Calif. more like Arizona (Arizona Central)

For many years, California has stared at the prospect of long-running drought and effectively sniffed with contempt. In the minds of many urban Californians, drought may be a burden and an annoyance, but hardly a threat to the coastal lifestyle. Yes, the consequences of long-term drought, like urban brushfires and a decimated Central Valley farm industry, may be a concern.


October 11, 2014--Navajo residents have running water for first time (News 13)

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says some Navajo families in New Mexico now have running water for the first time. USDA Rural Development officials held a dedication ceremony Friday for a new water system in Mariano Lake on the Navajo Nation. A USDA grant of $1 million funded the first phase of the water system’s construction.


October 11, 2014--No easier answers for water supply, growth (Pueblo Chieftain)

It’s probably wise to expect a little pain when you grab the bull by the horns.So, the Arkansas Basin Roundtable this week wrestled the question of new development, land use policies and local control to the ground, only to find that it jumped back up to torment.