In The News

October 1, 2014--Preventing water wars: How to build bridges over river disputes (The Guardian)

Fifty years ago, Lake Chad in Africa had a surface area of 25,000 square kilometres. Today, it has less than 2,000. The surface area of the Aral Sea in central Asia has dropped by half, from 66,000 to 33,000 square km, and the Dead Sea in the Middle East from almost 1,000 to 650 square km.


October 1, 2014--Lower IQ in children linked to chemical in water (Scientific American)

Babies born to mothers with high levels of perchlorate during their first trimester are more likely to have lower IQs later in life, according to a new study. The research is the first to link pregnant women's perchlorate levels to their babies’ brain development.


October 1, 2014--$215M project to fight drought problems (Colorado County Citizens)

The Lower Colorado River Authority board of directors approved the construction of the first major reservoir on the Colorado River since the 1940s, on Sept. 17. LCRA directors unanimously approved a 40,000 acre-foot off-channel reservoir near Lane City in Wharton County.


September 30, 2014--Dogged rainfall soaks region (Durango Herald)

It seemed like there was a plumbing problem in the skies above La Plata County on Sunday and Monday, as storms wrung lightning, hail and reams of rain from the clouds in terrific, gloomy, spurting volumes. Snow, rain and icy conditions at Wolf Creek Pass felled one truck Monday, causing the pass to close.


September 29, 2014--Predicting the worldwide impact of water scarcity on the energy sector (Water Online)

Most of the effects of drought around the world are obvious — dried up lakes, water restrictions, brown lawns, destroyed crops, and wildfires. But there is another consequence of water scarcity that is often not considered — and it can result in a literally powerless nation. Water is vital for nearly every type of energy generation.