Drought

November 22, 2014--Thinning projects would yield water (Payson Roundup)

Thinning Northern Arizona’s forests could increase runoff by 20 percent, which would restore streams, wetlands, springs and produce more water for Phoenix and other cities, according to a just-completed study by researchers from Northern Arizona Univer­sity.


November 22, 2014--Panel recommends $650 million Lake Mead project, rate hike (Las Vegas Journal)

A community advisory committee is recommending a new $650 million water project — and a rate hike to pay for it — to secure the Las Vegas Valley’s water supply even under a worst case scenario at Lake Mead.


November 21, 2014--2014 warmest year: California, world set to break records (Los Angeles Times)

This year is on track to be the warmest year on record for California — and the entire planet — according to a new report.


November 21, 2014--UC Davis report explores expanding California's water supply (Daily Democrat)

On a day when it seemed California's water troubles were far away, a new study found things are only getting worse. It was raining Thursday with more expected on Friday. But the rains are light and won't contribute much to ending the continuing state drought.


November 21, 2014--Farming the Ogallala (KRCC)

Towns are few and far between vast expanses of short grass prairie in Northeastern Colorado. This semi-arid desert gets on average only 17 inches of precipitation every year. But near the farming community of Wray, there’s a feedlot that depends on plenty of water.


November 20, 2014--Recycled water facility in Australia offers lessons for global drought planning (Circle of Blue)

The blueprint for meeting Australia’s future water demand is taking physical shape in Craigie, a northern suburb of Perth, the largest city in Western Australia.


November 20, 2014--Underground water bubble is huge help during drought (KSAT)

Despite another drought-stricken year and very low aquifer levels, SAWS customers never faced Stage III restrictions. A reserve underground “bubble” of water, located at the Twin Oaks Aquifer Storage and Recovery Facility, or ASR as it is known, is a big reason why. As a resource, it had never been as valuable as it was in 2014.


November 19, 2014--Coalition releases comprehensive recommendations to help California's cities, farms and environment weather the drought (Water Online)

As dreams of a wet, El Niño winter fade and California heads into a possible fourth consecutive year of drought, a coalition of 15 environmental, fishing and public policy organizations released a set of recommended actions to modernize California’s water system and respond to the drought.


November 18, 2014--California's drought has reached Biblical-plague proportions. It's time for a drastic measure. (The Conversation)

Last January, California Governor Jerry Brown declared a State of Emergency following projections of severe drought. State bureaucrats and local officials jumped into action and mandated any number of water conservation tactics. While some have been relatively successful, most will do nothing.


November 15, 2014--Arizonans getting more serious about water (Arizona Central)

"Water's precious," says the old prospector in the 1948 classic "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre." "Sometimes, maybe more precious than gold." You can visualize that truth today at Lake Mead in Nevada, where construction workers use a boring machine the length of two football fields to ca


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