Drought

March 4, 2014--Colorado River shortages could occur by 2016 or 2017 (Arizona Capital Times)

Central Arizona Project (CAP) is the primary steward of Arizona’s Colorado River water supplies and places paramount importance on the health


March 3, 2014--Drought unleashes a plague of tumbleweeds (Trib.com)

Water-starved Colorado is becoming fertile ground for unexpected — and tough-to-eradicate — pests. They roll across the eastern plains, some as large as ostriches, prickly flotsam that are as much a piece of Western history as stagecoaches and dust devils. There is even a song about them.


March 2, 2014--How climate change ended world’s first great civilizations (Independent)

The world’s first great civilisations appear to have collapsed because of an ancient episode of climate change – according to new research carried out by scientists and archaeologists.  Their investigation demonstrates that the Bronze Age 'megacities' of the Indus Valley region of Pakistan and north-west India declined during the 21st and 20th centuries BC and neve


March 2, 2014--California farmers hire 'water witches' to find water as drought persists (Huff Post)

With California in the grips of drought, farmers throughout the state are using a mysterious and some say foolhardy tool for locating underground water: dowsers, or water witches.


March 2, 2014--California storms did little to ease drought conditions (Los Angeles Times)

The storms that slammed Southern California dumped much needed rain, but experts said they did little to ease the drought conditions. "This is no drought-buster, but it's a nice, fat down payment" in the water bank, said Bill Patzert, a climatologist for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada Flintridge.


March 2, 2014--California will tap its water bank, even as Mead shrinks (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

Punishing drought in California could force that state to make a sizable withdrawal from a virtual water bank in Lake Mead this year, even as the reservoir shrinks closer to an all-time low and an unprecedented shortage declaration.


February 28, 2014--Despite L.A. storms, region will still be parched, fire-prone (Los Angeles Times)

Even as Los Angeles wades through the middle of one of the wettest periods in at least two years, public officials and weather


February 27, 2014--Pacific Institute's Peter Gleick testifies on urban water use efficiency in the face of drought for the California State Water Resources Control Board (Water Online)

Dr. Peter Gleick, president of the Pacific Institute and one of the world’s leading experts on freshwater issues, testified recently on strategies for addressing the California drought to the California State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB).


February 26, 2014--Western Slope vulnerable to drought (Vail Daily)

A looming water shortage for Front Range cities is largely driving current efforts to develop a Colorado Water Plan, but that doesn’t mean that towns and cities on the Western Slope are entirely prepared for their own water future.


February 25, 2014--Water: How long will the Southwest’s acequias survive? (Summit Voice)

The historic communal irrigation systems known as acequias Southwest are in decline as snowmelt dwindles and water priorities shift. Social and economic shifts favoring modernism over tradition, are also factors on the decline, according to a new study from Dartmouth College.


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