In The News

August 29, 2014--Greenhouse gas buildup ‘loads the dice’ for Southwest megadroughts (Summit Voice)

Tree ring records clearly show that the southwestern U.S. experienced megadroughts long before the anthropogenic global warming era. One such decades-long dry spell may have been a factor in the collapse of the Anasazi civilization at Mesa Verde.


August 29, 2014--Drought-stricken California farmers fight release of water for fish (Wall Street Journal)

In the latest battle spawned by California's drought, farmers are squaring off against Indian tribes, environmentalists and fishermen over the federal release of water to aid salmon. At issue is the U.S.


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 29, 2014--Water 'thermostat' could help engineer drought-resistant crops (Science Daily)

Duke University researchers have identified a gene that could help scientists engineer drought-resistant crops. The gene, called OSCA1, encodes a protein in the cell membrane of plants that senses changes in water availability and adjusts the plant's water conservation machinery accordingly.


August 28, 2014--Water plans will hurt Colorado farmers (Reporter Herald)

Denver Water on behalf of the Bureau of Reclamation and the respective water districts from Arizona, California and Nevada recently developed a drought management pilot program for the Upper Colorado River System to send more water downstream. Other than Denver Water, the water districts involved in this program represent the states known as the Lower Basin states.