Drought

June 15, 2015--Study shows vast potential for cutting water use on farms (Deseret News)

Already 1 million acre-feet of water once used on farms, ranches and orchards throughout the seven states in the Colorado River basin is being "saved," mainly through water system improvements and reductions in consumption. A probe of water use by the agricultural sector is included in the "Moving Forward" phase of the Colorado River Basin Supply and Demand St


June 14, 2015--California moves to restrict water pumping by pre-1914 rights holders (Los Angeles Times)

In a rare action, California officials move to restrict water diversions by senior rights holders. Some pre-1914 California water rights holders ordered to reduce diversions. For the first time in nearly 40 years, state regulators are telling more than 100 growers and irrigation districts with some of the oldest water rights in California that they have to stop drawing suppli

June 13, 2015--White House provides $100 million in aid to drought-stricken West (Washington Post)

As a third of the West copes with severe drought, the Obama administration announced Friday it would provide more than $100 million to help affected communities and combat wildfires in the region. The funding comes on top of the more than $190 million federal agencies have already spent to help communities in the West, and is separate from the at least $1.2 billion the Agriculture Dep


June 9, 2015--Use It or lose it: Across the West, exercising one’s right to waste water (ProPublica)

There are few starker examples of how man’s missteps and policies are contributing to the water shortage currently afflicting the western United States. In a series of reports, ProPublica is examining how decisions on water management and growth have exacerbated more than a decade of drought, bringing the West to the point of crisis.


June 8, 2015--California water losses 'huge,' new thinking required on drought, panel says (Los Angeles Times)

A panel of water experts on Sunday mapped out the challenges California faces in meeting future demands for water at a time when water sources are under stress and future supplies appear uncertain.


June 3, 2015--Calamity looms at California's largest lake as water transfers to coast accelerate (US News)

Once-bustling marinas on shallow water in California's largest lake a few years ago are bone-dry. Carcasses of oxygen-starved tilapia lie on desolate shores.


June 2, 2015--Drought exacts heavy toll in West, senators told (Coloradoan)

Witnesses presented a bleak picture of the impact of ongoing drought in the West during a Senate hearing Tuesday, but there were a few rays of hope. First the bad news:

•Seventy-five percent of land in the 11 westernmost states are facing abnormally dry to exceptional drought conditions, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.


May 27, 2015--Holy crop, how federal dollars are financing the water crisis in the West (ProPublica)

The water shortages that have brought California, Arizona and other Western states to the edge of an environmental cliff have been attributed to a historic climate event — a dry spell that experts worry could be the worst in 1,000 years.


May 25, 2015--The Latest: Lake Mead hits a record low of 1,078 feet (High Country News)

Former Las Vegas water boss Patricia Mulroy made numerous deals to keep water flowing from Lake Mead to her city and installed two water intakes deep in the reservoir.


May 23, 2015--The winners and the losers of the California water crisis (Science Daily)

A recent article published in Local Environment highlights the widening gap of inequality between the wealthy and the poor of California, specifically in relation to the State's current drought. The authors, Stephanie Pincetl and Terri Hogue, discuss what has caused these inequalities to expand -- the outdated and unsupervised water regulations still currently used,


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