California

April 12, 2014--WaterSmart software for a more water-wise lifestyle (Mercury News)

WaterSmart Software, a small startup in San Francisco, is working with local water districts in California and other states to transform meter data into easy-to-understand home water reports that are mailed directly to homeowners or made accessible via the Web and mobile devices. WaterSmart now has 15 water district customers in four states, and several more pending.


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 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  Outdated water management, compounded by the current drought, have put the San Joaquin River at a critical crossroads.


April 6, 2014--San Joaquin Valley sinking as groundwater stores are depleted (Sacramento Bee)

Flat as a tabletop, the furrowed, brown farm fields east of this San Joaquin Valley town are some of the most productive on Earth. Every spring, they are planted with a smorgasbord of crops that in one form or another are trucked to grocery stores across America, from fresh juicy tomatoes to freeze-dried onion flakes, honeydew melons to tortilla chips.


April 1, 2014--Peak snowpack reading shows no doubt of drought (Sacramento Business Journal)

The reading from what's typically the peak snowpack of the year shows what’s no surprise even with recent rain: California is still in a fairly severe drought. Snowpack surveys are at 32 percent of normal for the date, and even the prospect of more rain toward the end of the week won’t make much difference, according to the California Department of Water Resources.


March 29, 2014--Who should get water deliveries divides California lawmakers (Fresno Bee)

Seasonal storms have exposed once more some perennial political divisions over California water. Citing the latest rainfall, seven of the state’s lawmakers are urging the Obama administration to free up more irrigation deliveries for San Joaquin Valley farms. The muscular Capitol Hill lineup is noticeable both for who’s on it and who’s not.


March 29, 2014--Rising waters: The increasing need for water attorneys (Ozymandias)

With droughts in California, water conflicts in Texas and the continued Southern water wars, it is no secret that water is becoming a more precious commodity. And as the value of water increases, a legal career path is rising in demand. Enter stage right: water rights attorneys.


Drought

As anyone who has heard or seen the news this first quarter of 2014 can tell you, drought topped the list of current event coverage. Allow some of the following headlines to illustrate:

Water shortages: What to expect in the future (February 17, 2014--Arizona Republic)

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