Press Clippings

October 24, 2014--Recycled water for irrigation—is it safe? (Water Online)

Do crops grown with recycled water lace our produce with drugs? "Irrigating crops with recycled water can leave dinner salads laced with small amounts of drugs and personal care chemicals. But researchers disagree on whether the contaminated produce is likely to harm people," Science News reported.


October 24, 2014--Ontario has 'record-breaking' level of drugs in water (Water Online)

Contamination of drinking water by pharmaceuticals is a growing concern in Canada. Health Canada, the nation's public health department, recently funded a study on this issue. It found "record-breaking levels of three pharmaceuticals in river water in southwestern Ontario," CBC News reported.


October 23, 2014--Archaeologists to discuss water on PBS (Cortez Journal)

It’s no secret that the population of the American West uses a lot of water and goes to great lengths to get it where it’s most needed. The supply is finite, and the demand keeps growing. The story isn’t a new one.


October 23, 2014--Nebraska: Beacon Of Good Water Policy? (Water Online)

Is Nebraska a model for sensible water regulation? "With ongoing summer droughts in many states across the country, water scarcity continues to be a threat, [which is shifting] water regulation policies in some states to focus on more local management plans like Nebraska has," Nebraska News Service recently reported.


October 22, 2014--Reducing water scarcity (McGill University)

Water scarcity is not a problem just for the developing world. In California, legislators are currently proposing a $7.5 billion emergency water plan to their voters; and U.S. federal officials last year warned residents of Arizona and Nevada that they could face cuts in Colorado River water deliveries in 2016.


October 21, 2014--On this day in 1940, the Mancos Project in Colorado approved (U.S. Bureau of Reclamation)

Settlement and irrigation of the Mancos Valley began about 1876. The natural flow of the Mancos River during the months of July, August, and September was very low, and the irrigation water supply for those months was inadequate. By 1893, when a state adjudication of water was made, late summer demands for irrigation water far exceeded the supply.


October 21, 2014--Upper Colorado River Basin precipitation report (Colorado Climate Center)

According to the Colorado Climate Center's most recent report, the majority of the Upper Colorado River Basin  had a well above average September for precipitation. The headwaters of the Green River saw widespread areas of above 300% of average precip for the month.


October 21, 2014--Phoenix officials launch effort against drought (Washington Times)

Phoenix officials are launching a new initiative to protect the city's water supplies against drought.


October 20, 2014--Article discusses nation's connection to water, pricing schemes, steps toward sustainable future (Water World)

In Los Angeles and Toledo and across the U.S., historic drought, water-quality threats heightened by warming waters and poorly maintained infrastructure are converging to draw public attention to the value of fresh, clean water to a degree not seen since Congress passed the Clean Water Act in 1972.


October 19, 2014--City’s smelly situation (Durango Herald)

Proposed sewer plant upgrades carry a price tag of $55 million, according to engineers hired to advise Durango City Council.In addition to the staggering estimate, the construction must be completed by December 2017 to meet state regulations for higher water quality.Currently, the plant is releasing more nitrogen and phosphorous into the Animas River than the new regulations allow.If the


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