Drought

August 4, 2014--Fracking without fresh water (High Country News)

In 1913, a Toronto lawyer named David Fasken bought 220,000 acres of ranchland in west Texas, sight unseen. He intended to subdivide the land, on the arid Llano Estacado, into farm plots. But he abandoned that idea once he saw how little water there was.


August 4, 2014--The west's drought goes underground (Bloomberg View)

Seven Western states have just received an overdraft notice from nature's water bank, written in red ink, all caps. It turns out that three-fourths of the H2O they've been using during the American West's record drought (14 years and counting) has been drawn from their precious savings account: not the Colorado River itself but aquifers below ground.


August 4, 2014--40 million people depend on the Colorado River. Now it's drying up (Mother Jones)

Science papers don't generate much in the way of headlines, so you'll be forgiven if you haven't heard of one called "Groundwater Depletion During Drought Threatens Future Water Security of the Colorado River Basin," recently published by University of California-Irvine and NASA researchers.


July 31, 2014--Major Colorado River players announce conservation push (Summit Voice)

With Colorado River water supplies disappearing at a dizzying rate, and with a thirsty — and politically mighty — California parched by drought, the biggest water users at the table said this week they’ll invest $11 million to try and conserve significant amounts of water across all sectors, including including agricultural, municipal and industrial uses.


July 31, 2014--How the drought in California impacts the price you pay for food (FOXCT)

With water sources drying up, farmers are looking for underground springs to support their livelihoods. Steve Arthur works in California’s San Joaquin Valley, drilling for water wells on drought-ravaged farms and ranches. “It’s just going crazy; people are starting to panic,” said Arthur, the owner of Arthur & Orum Well Drilling Inc.


July 30, 2014--Groundwater depletion in Colorado River Basin poses big risk to water security (National Geographic)

Let’s step back for a minute and consider the implications of the study released last week on the depletion of groundwater in the Colorado River Basin.


July 25, 2014--The Colorado River Basin can’t afford to leave farmers out to dry (Environmental Defense Fund)

On Colorado River Day, it’s worth considering how we can write the next chapter in the water story of the American West. With the recent news that Lake Mead is at its lowest level in history, it’s impossible to ignore the trajectory of America’s hardest-working river.


July 25, 2014--Colorado River drought impact tracked from space (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

The impact of drought on the Colorado River is so severe you can see the weight of it from space. Actually what you can see is the absence of weight.


July 25, 2014--Aging water system in the U.S. is a catastrophe waiting to happen (Care2)

Water has been a major topic in the news for the past two months. California is in the midst of a severe drought that could easily see the state running out of water within 12-18 months and Detroit residents are left without water due to being unable to pay the high water bills. These situations have been created by a combination of problems including Mother Nature and politics.


July 25, 2014--Groundwater levels drop in Southwestern U.S. in ongoing drought (Reuters)

Underground stores of water in the southwestern United States have receded dramatically amid ongoing drought that has parched states from Oklahoma to the Pacific Coast and is costing California billions in lost crops and jobs, a new study shows.


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