Press Clippings

July 29, 2014--The Importance of the Colorado Water Plan (ColoradoPols.com)

The Importance of the Colorado Water Plan Most politicians from the Western Slope run on a platform of “not one more drop.” That’s because 80% of Colorado’s water falls on the western slope, yet 87% of the population lives on the other side of the Continental Divide.

July 29, 2014--Water Is Today's Risky Business (Huffington Post)

Recently, a bi-partisan group of political and business leaders including Henry Paulson, Tom Steyer, Michael Bloomberg, Robert Rubin, and Olympia Snowe issued a call to arms regarding a growing threat to America's prosperity.

July 29, 2014--Controlling water quality in the age of pollution and natural disasters (Phys.org)

Two years ago, Hurricane Sandy damaged more than 100 drinking water supply facilities and sewage treatment plants, leaving the state of New York, with an unexpected €2 billion bill to repair them. On the other side of the globe, drinking water even kilometres from the Fukushima power plant in Japan still is, today, a life gamble.

July 29, 2014--Utility Offers Free Treated Wastewater To Residential Customers (Water Online)

A sewer district in California is giving away free treated water. "Toting empty milk jugs, tubs, buckets, even water tanks, residents have been lining up to fill 'em up since mid-June at what sewer district officials say is the only plant giving away free treated effluent to residential customers," the Contra Costa Times reported. Why the generosity?

July 29, 2014--COACHELLA VALLEY: Groundwater pumping causes ground to drop (The Press-Enterprise)

Creating a lush, artificial oasis in the Coachella Valley has siphoned away so much underground water that the land above it is sinking. Land surfaces declined nine inches to two feet in some areas of Palm Desert, Indian Wells, and La Quinta between 1995 and 2010 because so much groundwater was being pumped from the aquifers beneath, according to a 17-year study done by the U.S.

July 29, 2014--Don’t Bank on Groundwater to Fight Off Western Drought—It's Drying Out, Too (Smithsonian.com)

Throughout the Colorado River watershed, water levels are running low. Arizona's Lake Mead, the largest reservoir in the United States, is lower than it's been since it was first filled in the 1930s. As drought continues to sap surface supplies, the conventional wisdom goes, more and more people will have to turn to groundwater to make up the shortfall. But that's not the whole story.

July 29, 2014--Water credits: Phase-out delay not yet official (Casa Grande Dispatch)

A requested five-year delay of an Arizona Department of Water Resources plan to phase out agricultural extinguishment credits has a few more steps to go through before it becomes official. The groundwater credits can be sold to developers when land is retired from agriculture.

July 29, 2014-- Midwestern Waters Are Full of Bee-Killing Pesticides (Mother Jones)

The US Environmental Protection Agency has been conducting a slow-motion reassessment of a widely used class of insecticides, even as evidence mounts that it's harming key ecosystem players from pollinating bees to birds.

July 29, 2014-- Fountain Creek dam (Pueblo Chieftain)

STILL WATERS run deep when it comes to Fountain Creek, especially when the question arises regarding the feasibility of a dam on the waterway. It’s a question that has been at the forefront this month. At issue is striking a balance between water rights and potential flood damage.

July 29, 2014-- Worldwide water shortage by 2040 (Science Daily)

Two new reports that focus on the global electricity water nexus have just been published. Three years of research show that by the year 2040 there will not be enough water in the world to quench the thirst of the world population and keep the current energy and power solutions going if we continue doing what we are doing today.

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