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April 11th, 2014

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.


April 10, 2014--Strong indication’ Reclamation will forbid water for marijuana farmers (Yakima Herald)

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation is mulling the legality of federal water contracts supporting marijuana businesses, but a spokesman for the agency said no decision has been made.


April 10, 2014--Determining the sustainability of water, agriculture in Arizona (ASU News)

Central Arizona has a rich history of agriculture, contributing $9.2 billion toward the state’s economy. That water has near-absolute power in determining the region’s fate is not an over-reaching assumption. With increasing urban development and an uncertain climate, is this industry doomed or can it be sustained?


April 10, 2014--Snowpack not enough to keep lower Dolores River running for recreation (Durango Telegraph)

For the second year in a row, it’s just not enough. McPhee Reservoir near Dolores has enough water to meet its basic obligations, but not enough for those looking to enjoy whitewater boating in the lower Dolores River. “There’s a lot of disappointed boaters,” said Lee-Ann Hill, program coordinator for the Dolores River Boating Advocates.


April 9, 2014--The Home Depot hosts water conservation workshops nationwide (PR Newswire)

The Home Depot®, the world's largest home improvement retailer, today announced a nationwide effort to help educate and enable residents in drought-affected areas and elsewhere to conserve water inside and outside the home. On Saturday, April 26, The Home Depot will host Water Conservation Workshops at all 1,977 of its U.S. stores.


April 9th

April 9, 2014--Upper Colorado Basin ranked 2nd among 10 most endangered rivers in the nation (Steamboat Today)

American Rivers, the national conservation organization, on Wednesday ranked the upper Colorado River Basin — and by implication the Yampa River with it — among its 10 most endangered rivers in the country. The Colorado was named the most endangered river in the U.S.


April 9, 2014--San Joaquin River named #1 most endangered river in the U.S. (National Geographic)

American Rivers today released its annual report of America’s Most Endangered Rivers, with California’s San Joaquin River at the top of the list.  Outdated water management, compounded by the current drought, have put the San Joaquin River at a critical crossroads.