Groundwater

October 28, 2014--Is there enough water for people and nuts? (Modesto Bee)

Do almond barons put us at water risk? Long, long ago (mid-1800s), in a land far, far away (Lake Tahoe), eager opportunists seized on what became known as “green gold.” Ancient stands of virgin timber were decimated to support mining and railroad development.


October 25, 2014--Unsafe drinking water adds to California's drought misery (NBC News)

California is digging deep to get the drinking water it needs after one of the state's worst droughts on record. The problem is that the groundwater it is using is unsafe for nearly 800,000 residents, according to the state's water resources control board, because of longtime contamination from nitrates and arsenic.


October 15, 2014--Time for a serious policy on water pricing (Bloomberg Businessweek)

Do you know the price of your monthly cell phone bill? I bet you do. How about your water bill? What’s the cost difference between taking a shower for 5 minutes or 30 minutes? Most Americans consume plenty of clean water without worrying much, if at all, about its price. Yet which is more valuable, water or a smartphone?


October 13, 2014--Groundwater rule brings wave of protest from Western governors, farm bureau (Deseret News)

A proposal by the U.S. Forest Service to consider groundwater impacts when it issues a special use permit has drawn the ire of Western governors and groups like the Utah Farm Bureau, who contend the agency is overstepping its regulatory authority.


October 9, 2014--Western Governors protest U.S. Forest Service water directive (Las Vegas Review)

In a letter signed by Gov. Brian Sandoval, the Western Governors Association is criticizing a proposed U.S. Forest Service directive that seeks significant changes to water policy without their involvement.


September 16, 2014--Gov. Jerry Brown signs historic groundwater management legislation (Los Angeles Times)

Gov. Jerry Brown signed a trio of bills Tuesday establishing a framework for statewide regulation of California's underground water sources, marking the first time in the state's history that groundwater will be managed on a large scale. "This is a big deal," Brown said at a signing ceremony in the Capitol.


August 29, 2014--California's underground water war (Atlantic)

Grape vines march across wires strung along rolling hills, their little trunks improbably supporting heavy black fruit. Cindy Steinbeck’s family has been farming this land since 1920.


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.


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