In The News

October 28, 2014--World losing 2,000 hectares of farm soil daily to salt damage (Environmental News Network)

Salt-spoiled soils worldwide: 20% of all irrigated lands — an area equal to size of France; Extensive costs include $27 billion+ in lost crop value / year. UNU study identifies ways to reverse damage, says every hectare needed to feed world’s fast-growing population.


October 28, 2014-- $300K grant to address pollution cleanup of Little Colorado River (White Mountain Independent)

Two grants totaling $327,000 have been awarded to address polluted runoff into the Little Colorado River area of Apache County. The grants are two of eight in Arizona this year administered by the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality’s Water Quality Improvement Grant program to address polluted runoff from many different sources.


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 28, 20144--Earth’s soil is getting too salty for crops to grow (Smithsonian)

In the upcoming film Interstellar, Earth’s soil has become so degraded that only corn will grow, driving humans to travel through a wormhole in search of a planet with land fertile enough for other crops. In the real world things aren’t quite so dire, but degraded soil is a big problem—and one that could be getting worse.


October 27, 2014--Water official: Address Western Slope concerns (Grand Junction Sentinel)

A Western Slope water official wants to make sure that even if a draft state water plan doesn’t solve conflicts over Colorado River basin issues, it at least fully acknowledges their existence. Dan Birch, deputy general manager of the Colorado River Water Conservation District, made the request in an Oct. 10 letter to the Colorado Water Conservation Board.