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September 2nd, 2014

September 2, 2014--Water stress may curtail fracking, says WRI (BBC News)

Water shortages could hinder fracking for shale oil and gas in many parts of the world, the World Resources Institute (WRI) has said. In the first report of its kind, the WRI found that 38% of the world's shale resources were in arid areas or in those with severe water stress. Accessing fresh water was likely to present "serious challenges", it said.


September 2, 2014--Because water is both priceless and free, defining its value is a paradox (Arizona Capitol Times)

Increased awareness of water scarcity at a global scale has driven efforts to establish a common definition of water’s value.


September 2, 2014--Nestle has expanded its water empire to include Colorado (Care2)

Not content with bottling water in drought-stricken California, Nestle has added Colorado to its water empire: the world’s largest food and beverage company has been draining mill


September 1, 2014--American Southwest has 80% chance of decade-long drought this century (Ars Technica)

In a good year, the management of water resources in the American West is contentious. When a drought hits, most everyone feels it, and this year is certainly no exception. The notion of sustainability in water-strapped places isn’t much more complicated than balancing a checking account. And the budget projections aren’t exactly encouraging.


September 1, 2014--Water: Battleground of the West (Durango Herald)

West of the invisible 100th meridian line separating the East from the West, Harold Baxstrom irrigates 180 acres of hay or pasture with water directly from Lemon Reservoir.


August 31, 2014--Reducing water scarcity possible by 2050 (Phys.org)

Water scarcity is not a problem just for the developing world. In California, legislators are currently proposing a $7.5 billion emergency water plan to their voters; and U.S. federal officials last year warned residents of Arizona and Nevada that they could face cuts in Colorado River water deliveries in 2016.


August 30, 2014--Federal water administrator airs out Colorado River water ‘myths’ (Associated Press)

A top federal water administrator said Friday that several myths stand in the way of broad agreements needed to deal with increasing demand for water in the drought-stricken and over-allocated Colorado River basin.


August 30, 2014--Historic California groundwater regulations head to Gov. Jerry Brown (Sacramento Bee)

California could soon become the last state in the West to regulate water pulled from beneath the earth, with the Legislature on Friday advancing an unprecedented groundwater-management strategy. The Legislature passed the three-bill package after lengthy debate about whether state government should oversee pumping from the water table.


August 30, 2014--Five myths about California’s drought (Washington Post)

California is experiencing its third-worst drought in 106 years, resulting in idled cropland and soaring water prices. Since the state produces almost 70 percent of the nation’s top 25 fruit, nut and vegetable crops, California’s pain could soon hit the rest of the country through higher food prices.


September 1st

August 30, 2014--Water storage ‘absolutely’ part of plan (Grand Junction Sentinel)

Western Slope water storage is “absolutely” a part of the Colorado water plan that is to be complete in just over a year, said the head of the Colorado Water Conservation Board. James Eklund, however, declined to offer specifics about any discussions. U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., this week told the editorial board of The Daily Sentinel that he and Gov.