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February 19th, 2014
February 19, 2014--Colorado Water Plan draft calls for maintaining current ag output (Greeley Tribune)
More irrigated farmland will no doubt go out of production, but the economic impact of agriculture in Colorado must maintain its current levels in the future. That was put in writing by the Interbasin Compact Committee on Tuesday, as the group continued piecing together the language that could make up the official Colorado Water Plan. T.
With drought and water shortages affecting areas where much of America’s natural gas is produced, power plants making the switch to gas from coal could have other costs that may be made worse by manmade climate change. This is especially true if global warming, as studies show, intensifies drought. One of those costs is water.
There has been no subtlety to Colorado’s struggle with extreme weather in a changing climate the past 2 years. Wildfires, drought and floods along the state’s Front Range urban corridor from Colorado Springs north to Fort Collins brought images of scorched homes, washed out highways and submerged oil fields to TV screens worldwide.
February 18, 2014--Western Governors salute House, Senate reauthorization of NIDIS to battle drought (Western Governors Association)
The reauthorization of the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) passed the House on a 365-21 vote on Monday, Feb. 10. The bill previously passed the Senate by unanimous consen on Feb. 3. The chambers now will reconcile the final budget, which the House approved at $13.5 million and the Senate at $12 million.
A turning point in the three-decade battle over Wolf Creek Pass is expected next month, when the U.S. Forest Service will declare its preference on a land exchange with a Texas developer who wants to build a resort village. B.J. “Red” McCombs has been trying since 1986 to build the Village at Wolf Creek at the base of Wolf Creek Ski Area.
The political battle over the drought in the American West and California in particular ignores some basic data: Under current conditions, there is no way to satisfy normal demand with scarce water resources. Large regions of the state exist in semiarid areas, and the huge agricultural demands strain creaky systems.
Central Arizona Project is the primary steward of Arizona’s Colorado River water supplies and places paramount importance on the health and sustainability of the river. Since 2000, the Colorado River basin has endured the worst drought in centuries, yet Colorado River water users in California, Nevada and Arizona have not had to reduce the volume of water they receive from the river.
In the high deserts of Arizona and throughout the Southwestern United States, access to water resources seems far closer to mind at a policy level than any wetter or non-landlocked states. The Colorado River Basin Water Supply and Demand Study released by the U.S.
February 16, 2014--Report describes the unfathomable cost of inaction on rising seas (InsideClimate News)
The world needs to invest tens of billions of dollars a year in beefing up shoreline defenses against rising oceans or it will face mind-boggling costs in the decades to come, according to new research published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
February 16, 2014--14 reservoirs in Southern California near record lows (San Gabriel Valley Tribune)
Less than 1 percent of the capacity of the 14 dams spread across Los Angeles County is available for release, according to data from the Department of Public Works. Of the 183,000 acre-feet possible, the county has about 759 acre-feet it can release to replenish sinking aquifers -- a 22-year low.