Drought

October 16, 2014--Coalition launched to protect Colorado Headwaters (Pagosa Daily Post)

A coalition of groups from across the West today announced the formation of a new coalition to inform and engage communities in California, Nevada, Arizona, and other western states about threats posed to the Colorado River and their water supply.


October 16, 2014--Desert drought dust ups avalanche danger in Colorado backcountry (Colorado Independent)

We all know what a blanket of fresh snow is supposed to look like — it’s the stuff of poetry. And for skiers and snowboarders, it’s the magic carpet that carries us beyond the edge of gravity, free-falling down mountainsides immersed in a spray of frozen crystals.


October 15, 2014--Sustainable solutions: Water in the walls (Huffpost)

People who study ecological design and live sustainably off the grid understand the importance of thermal mass for keeping places cool in the summer and warm in the winter. This energy efficient thinking shouldn't be limited to off-the-grid living as sustainable solutions continue to find their way into urban landscapes as saving energy means saving money.


October 15, 2014--The Columbia, a gem of a notion (Californian)

We can no longer waste our precious fresh water. Instead of just dumping the Columbia River into the Pacific Ocean at Astoria, Ore., we should recycle it. In less than six months, America could install a 25-foot diameter poly pipe upon the continental shelf, annually transporting 25 million acre feet of clean fresh water to California.


October 15, 2014--The West is bone dry. Here’s how to help (Washington Post)

Drought is rampant these days in many parts of the American West, so consider this a pretty sweet gift: You’ve just been given the rights to some water. An acre-foot of it, to be exact, which is roughly enough to fill an NBA basketball court so the water laps at the bottom of the backboard. Your job is to turn around and use that resource in the most valuable way possible.


October 12, 2014--Drought making Calif. more like Arizona (Arizona Central)

For many years, California has stared at the prospect of long-running drought and effectively sniffed with contempt. In the minds of many urban Californians, drought may be a burden and an annoyance, but hardly a threat to the coastal lifestyle. Yes, the consequences of long-term drought, like urban brushfires and a decimated Central Valley farm industry, may be a concern.


October 8, 2014--Colorado River water-conservation effort to begin (Las Vegas Sun)

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation on Wednesday began soliciting project proposals for water conservation from Colorado River entitlement holders in Arizona, California and Nevada. Water users in the river's Upper Basin will be invited to participate in the agreement at a later date.


October 8, 2014--Ag water conservation (Gazette Xtra)

Throughout the nation, growers, farmers and ranchers are contending with water scarcity caused by rising global temperatures, climate variability, droughts, floods, pollution, growing populations and increased demands. However, as those in agriculture always do, they adapt to stay viable.


Colorado River Basin: Energy Production in Times of Drought and Effects on Prices

The Colorado River Basin has been experiencing below average river flows for 11 of the last 14 years. In response, water officials are planning for the potential that continued drought conditions could leave too little water to generate electricity.


Mega-Drought!?

The 15-year drought across most of the Western U.S. is what bioclimatologist Park Williams indicated is notable because "more area in the West has persistently been in drought during the past 15 years than in any other 15-year period since the 1150s and 1160s" — that's more than 850 years ago. 


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