Drought

August 25, 2014--How the West was sunk? (Pueblo Chieftain)

Drought is nothing new to the arid West. Vast swatches of Colorado burned in 2012-13, and California, Oregon and Washington are experiencing one of the worst fire seasons in history this year. In the Colorado River basin, Lake Mead is at the lowest levels since it first filled, while Lake Powell is approaching levels too low to generate power.


August 23, 2014--Drought causes Western US to rise (Enviornmental News Network)

Severe drought affecting the western United States in recent years is not only influencing water restrictions for residence and creating problems for crops and wildlife, but it's changing the landscape by causing land to rise up in elevation.


August 23, 2014--Water levels in Great Salt Lake approach record low (Desert News)

Dave Shearer sees the evidence of water levels dropping in the Great Salt Lake every time a boat has to be taken out of its slip at the Great Salt Lake Marina. Lately, it's been a common occurrence. "This year, we're now looking at near-record lows," said Shearer, the marina's harbor master. "We're probably going to lose about 30 boats this year.


August 22, 2014--GPS devices find huge water loss in western U.S. (Pueblo Chieftain)

A new study finds that 63 trillion gallons of water have been lost to drought in the western United States, enough to blanket the region with 4 inches of water.


August 22, 2014--Governor thinks new major dam project ‘unlikely’ (Aspen Times)

Gov. John Hickenlooper told members of the Colorado Water Congress on Thursday that he thinks it’s “unlikely” that public opinion in the state has shifted in favor of a new major dam project being built in the state, even in the face of population growth and drought.


August 20, 2014--If you think the water crisis can't get worse, wait until the aquifers are drained (National Geographic)

Aquifers provide us freshwater that makes up for surface water lost from drought-depleted lakes, rivers, and reservoirs. We are drawing down these hidden, mostly nonrenewable groundwater supplies at unsustainable rates in the western United States and in several dry regions globally, threatening our future. We are at our best when we can see a threat or challenge ahead.


August 17, 2014--West’s historic drought stokes fears of water crisis (Washington Post)

When the winter rains failed to arrive in this Sacramento Valley town for the third straight year, farmers tightened their belts and looked to the reservoirs in the nearby hills to keep them in water through the growing season.


August 16, 2014--The West gets thirstier as water supplies dwindle (Post Independent)

The soothing sound of the Colorado River as it meanders its way across Colorado’s Western Slope is the sound of a thriving economy, a fragile environment and an impending crisis. The state of water supplies in the arid West is volatile, and forecasts are grim.


August 14, 2014--Lake Mead now to stay above critical low levels (AccuWeather)

Lake Mead is at all-time record-low levels since it was filled back in the 1930s. The reading of 1080.19 feet recorded back on Tuesday, August 12 set the new record. Since then it has risen slightly. This is a massive 25 feet lower than this date just one year ago, also 25 feet lower than it was back in the middle of March. This drop has greatly affected the recreational uses of the lake.


August 14, 2014--California lawmakers pass $US 7.5B water bond (Circle of Blue)

Hours before an extended deadline expired, California lawmakers on Wednesday evening passed with overwhelming support a $US 7.5 billion water spending package that allocates money to store, clean, and deliver water as well as restore ecosystems and prepare for a warming world.


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