In The News

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.


September 16, 2014--The decline of the small American family farm in one chart (Washington Post)

"Today’s farms are fewer and bigger." That's how the United States Department of Agriculture put it in the agency's new Agriculture and Food Statistics report. It's also, pretty clearly, what the chart above — which was included in the report (p. 6) — shows. Peak farm, as it happens, happened almost 80 years ago in the United States.


September 16, 2014--Can we find 1 equitable water policy? (Durango Herald)

Agricultural dry-up is an ominous phrase, but it’s reality on the Front Range as farmers sell water rights to satisfy unquenchable urban sprawl. It won’t be enough. Population predictions show Colorado doubling to 10 million residents in 50 years, mostly on the Front Range.


September 15, 2014--117 million lakes found in latest world count (National Geographic)

Using satellite photos and computerized mapping technologies, an international research team counted all of the lakes on Earth. They found about 117 million lakes, covering almost four percent of the world’s land surface, not counting the glaciers on Greenland and Antarctica, according to a new study.


September 15, 2014--Filmmaker Jim Harvey on his Colorado water documentary (Westword)

Jim Harvey's soon-to-be-finished feature documentary, The Great Divide, aims to tell the tangled story of water in Colorado -- a subject as vast as the state and the eight states that Colorado supplies water to.