California

August 24, 2016--The water-energy nexus is not what you expect (Green Biz)

Saving water saves energy, but there are more reasons to save water. Earlier this summer, researchers at UC Davis confirmed what a lot of us already know — that saving water saves energy.

July 29, 2016--Where are the world’s most water-stressed cities? (Guardian)

Water stress – where the human or ecological demand for water is not met – is caused by a variety of factors.


July 28, 2016--Colorado River Lower Basin water users leaving nearly 500,000 acre feet in Lake Mead this year (InkStain)

Colorado River water use in Arizona, Nevada, and California this year is currently forecast at 7.006 million acre feet (source:pdf), well below the three states’ nominal legal entitlement of 7.5 mill


July 12, 2016--Wind, not water, to blame for drought, says study (Water Deeply)

A new study looking at the relationship between the water cycle and California’s drought found that large-scale atmospheric circulation is a primary force behind water shortages. Since California’s most recent drought began more than four years ago, scientific studies have been helping us better understand the causes and implications.


May 31, 2016--As one of its chief sources of water dries pp, California eases restrictions on use nonetheless (ProPublica)

Earlier this month, California lifted its sweeping restrictions on how its towns and cities use their water, signaling that even though much of the state continues to face extraordinary drought, a moderately wet winter has blunted officials’ sense of urgency over water shortages. Seemingly overlooked, however, is the state’s enormous reliance on the Colorado River for its urban


May 11, 2016--California braces for unending drought (New York Times)

 With California entering its fifth year of a statewide drought, Gov. Jerry Brown moved on Monday to impose permanent water conservation measures and called on water suppliers to prepare for a future made drier by climate change. Under the governor’s executive order, emergency drought regulations, like bans on hosing down driveways or watering lawns within 48 hours of


April 21, 2016--Who's to blame for faulty local El Niño predictions? (Los Angeles Times)

A rainy season that began with much El Niño-fueled promise is speeding to a dry and disappointing end.


April 16, 2016--Is the California drought America's water wake-up call? (Los Angeles Times)

The California drought is not over. The great hope for major replenishment of California's surface and groundwater supplies — the “Godzilla” El Niño — has failed thus far to live up to its super-sized hype, delivering only average amounts of rain and snow, primarily to the northern half of the state. Average, however, is welcome.


April 4, 2016--$8bn habitat conservation plan scrapped as California prioritizes agribusiness (Guardian)

or the past eight years, California politicians, utility companies, farmers and environmentalists have been arguing over the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP).


March 4, 2016--Future of the Colorado River Basin (Arizona State University)

The Colorado River provides water for nearly 40 million people in seven western states, irrigating millions of acres of farmland, and generating thousands of megawatts of electricity. And though an official declaration of water shortage on the Colorado River has never been declared, and that careful planning has ensured Arizona and Colorado are well-supplied with water, residents need to k


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