Groundwater

July 25, 2014 -- Groundwater levels drop in Southwestern U.S. in ongoing drought (Reuters)

Underground stores of water in the southwestern United States have receded dramatically amid ongoing drought that has parched states from Oklahoma to the Pacific Coast and is costing California billions in lost crops and jobs, a new study shows.

July 16, 2014--Forest Service 'groundwater directive' prompts questions from Western Governors on state authority, science (Western Governors Association)

Western Governors have expressed concern to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack about the United States Forest Service’s (USFS) recent Proposed Directive on Groundwater Resource Management.


July 15, 2014--California drought threatens to dry up farm wells (Washington Post)

Researchers say farmers in pockets of California hardest hit by the drought could begin to see wells run dry next year. The Center for Watershed Sciences at the University of California, Davis, released the study Tuesday on the possible impact if the next two years remain dry in California.


July 15, 2014--America's breadbasket faces dire water crisis (NBC News)

While a high-pitched wind rattles the windows, and assaults a flapping, fraying American flag in the front yard, Lucas Spinhirne knows he’s staring into an abyss that many in Texas—and across the world—may be forced to contemplate.  The once bounteous quantities of water that flowed under his farmland in the Texas Panhandle are a distant memory–pumped to the last dr


July 10, 2014--5 Tribal land and water rights bills get SCIA attention (Indian Country)

Seeking to hear directly from tribal leaders on the important issue of land and water rights, Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Chairman Jon Tester (D-Mont.) held a hearing on five bills that would strengthen tribal land and water rights and increase economic development on tribal lands July 9.


July 9, 2014--NASA satellites detect possible disastrous flooding months in advance, finds research (Water World)

According to new research from UC Irvine, data from NASA satellites can greatly improve predictions of how likely a river basin is to overflowing months before it actually does. The use of such data, which capture a much fuller picture of how water is accumulating, could result in earlier flood warnings, potentially saving lives and property.


May 17, 2014--Tipton wary of federal water directive (Grand Junction Sentinel)

A proposed U.S. Forest Service directive on groundwater management wouldn’t affect state-issued water rights, the U.S. Forest Service said. The Forest Service “abides by state law and therefore, if a call on water is placed, the Forest Service would comply with state direction,” the agency said in response to questions from the Daily Sentinel about the directive.


April 14, 2014--Bailing out the world's fresh water bank (Phys.org)

An Australian-based water scientist is testing a new technology to help save imperilled underground water resources in Australia and around the world as climate change tightens its grip on the global food supply.


April 6, 2014--San Joaquin Valley sinking as groundwater stores are depleted (Sacramento Bee)

Flat as a tabletop, the furrowed, brown farm fields east of this San Joaquin Valley town are some of the most productive on Earth. Every spring, they are planted with a smorgasbord of crops that in one form or another are trucked to grocery stores across America, from fresh juicy tomatoes to freeze-dried onion flakes, honeydew melons to tortilla chips.


April 5, 2014--Building a resilient water portfolio (National Geographic)

While most water plans have a dominant component, dependence on a single strategy is risky. Climate change, population growth, and other 21st-century challenges can adversely impact regions with few water options. Rather, we should think in terms of a water portfolio.


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