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April 11th, 2014

***Help Save the Colorado River: Pledge Now to the Change the Course Campaign!***

The freshwater team at National Geographic believes the principle of motivated individual action can help to restore the flow of the Colorado River.  Together with the Bonneville Environment Foundation and Participant Media, National Geographic has created the “Change the Course” campaign.


April 11, 2014--EPA strategic plan charts direction for next four years (Water Online)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued its fiscal year (FY) 2014 to 2018 Strategic Plan recently, which provides a blueprint for advancing EPA’s mission to protect public health and the environment across the country.


April 11, 2014--Drought prompts rice farmers to try new crops (Statesman.com)

Brothers Stewart and Kirby Savage should be out right now, planting rice, a crop that their family has grown in Matagorda County for nearly a century. But here they sit, in their low-slung office along Texas 60, talking water, or the lack of it. The Savage family, like many rice farmers, are facing a third year in a row without irrigation water from the Colorado River.


April 11, 2014--EPA administrator says water rule is intended to provide clarity for farmers (Feedstuffs)

According to FeedstuffsEnvironmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy says the newly proposed waters of the U.S. rule is meant to provide clarity and certainty for farmers to do what they do, which is farm.


April 11, 2014--Water supply concerns dominate regional seminar (Pine River Times)

With continuing population growth in Southwestern states and ongoing drought, water issues are becoming more and more about who has to cut back their use when there isn't enough to meet demand. That thread ran through presentations at the annual Water Seminar on April 4 in Durango, sponsored by the Southwest Water Conservation District.


April 10, 2014--Udall introduces water efficiency bills (Albuquerque Business First)

Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) has introduced four bills intended to improve the use of water in New Mexico and other Western states. The bills are based on recommendations made during a Water Conference Udall co-hosted with New Mexico State University in 2012. “Water is crucial to our economy and to our quality of life. Our future depends on it.


April 10, 2014--Energy-water nexus around the world and the missing link (Forbes)

The energy-water nexus is gaining traction with diverse stakeholders around the world and it is becoming increasingly clear that we cannot plan for our planet’s future if we do not consider energy and water together.


April 10, 2014--The politics of drought: California water interests prime the pump in Washington (Center for Responsive Politics)

Last year, as California endured one of its driest years on record, the Westlands Water District made it rain 3,000 miles away -- on Capitol Hill. The nation's largest agricultural water district, located in the Central Valley, spent $600,000 on lobbying efforts, according to an analysis by KPCC in partnership with the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics.


April 10, 2014--El Niño likely later in year, could help Calif. drought (USA Today)

Relief for California's devastating drought could be on the way later this year because an El Niño climate pattern is likely to develop in the Pacific Ocean, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reported Thursday. El Niño, the planet's most important climate phenomenon, shakes up weather in the USA and around the world.