California

December 9, 2014--With future uncertain, Colorado shields its water (ABC News)

With demand increasing across the West, Colorado is drawing up a strategy to keep some of the trillions of gallons of water that gushes out of the Rocky Mountains every spring ? most of which flows downstream to drought-stricken California, Arizona, Nevada and Mexico.


December 9, 2014--Warm temps, El Niño pattern make ski resorts anxious (Glenwood Post Independent)

El Niño-influenced weather patterns that have brought much-needed rains to drought-stricken Southern California have also left Colorado ski resorts high and dry heading into the critical holiday season after a spate of early snowstorms allowed many ski areas to open ahead of schedule.


December 5, 2014--Study: California drought is the most severe in at least 1,200 years (Washington Post)

The current drought in California is the worst the state has seen in at least 1,200 years, according to a recent study published by the American Geophysical Union. Scientists at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute and the University of Minnesota reconstructed California’s temperature and precipitation history back to 800 A.D. using tree ring data.


December 3, 2014--Proposed GOP overhaul of California water laws looks dead (San Francisco Gate)

A last-ditch effort by Central Valley Republicans to push an overhaul of federal water policy through Congress during this session met with opposition Wednesday from at least one California senator, all but ensuring that the bill will die until next year. Sen.


December 2, 2014--Hoover Dam low water to double water costs to SoCal (Cal Watchdog.com)

California is facing yet another drought-caused water and energy shortage from an unexpected source. Hoover Dam’s hydroelectric power may have to be curtailed if the water level drops below 1,000 feet, an elevation it last reached in May 1936, when the reservoir was still being filled.


November 30, 2014--Next step in sustainability: Requiring homes to recycle water (Energy Collective)

Lancaster, California was one of the first municipalities to push the envelope on sustainability by requiring homes to be solar-ready, as part of Mayor Rex Parris’ goal of becoming a net-zero city.


November 26, 2014--Experts make recommendations for coping with drought (Desert Sun)

A group of water experts recommended this week that Southern California should do much more to address the region’s long-term water problems.


November 21, 2014--2014 warmest year: California, world set to break records (Los Angeles Times)

This year is on track to be the warmest year on record for California — and the entire planet — according to a new report.


November 21, 2014--UC Davis report explores expanding California's water supply (Daily Democrat)

On a day when it seemed California's water troubles were far away, a new study found things are only getting worse. It was raining Thursday with more expected on Friday. But the rains are light and won't contribute much to ending the continuing state drought.


November 18, 2014--California's drought has reached Biblical-plague proportions. It's time for a drastic measure. (The Conversation)

Last January, California Governor Jerry Brown declared a State of Emergency following projections of severe drought. State bureaucrats and local officials jumped into action and mandated any number of water conservation tactics. While some have been relatively successful, most will do nothing.


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