U.S. Bureau of Reclamation

April 10, 2014--Strong indication’ Reclamation will forbid water for marijuana farmers (Yakima Herald)

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation is mulling the legality of federal water contracts supporting marijuana businesses, but a spokesman for the agency said no decision has been made.

April 3, 2014--Water shortages for New Mexico farmers, fish (Albuquerque Journal)

Much of the snowpack in northern New Mexico and southern Colorado is already gone, but it seems to be blowing away in the wind rather than melting into the state’s streams and rivers. That has water managers scrambling to cope with the state’s fourth consecutive very dry year.

April 1, 2014--San Miguel tributary flowing free (Telluride Daily Planet)

In the 1930s, a 6-foot-tall, 60-feet-wide diversion dam was built in Tabeguache Creek, just upstream from its confluence with the San Miguel River, for the purposes of providing water to the Town of Uravan. That dam remained for roughly 80 years, even as the uranium mining town was abandoned, declared a Superfund Site and razed in a reclamation project.

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March 27, 2014--Big drop of water in Powell (Grand Junction Sentinel)

Federal officials fretted for a year that they might have to take action as the water level in Lake Powell fell perilously close to the point that Glen Canyon Dam couldn’t generate electricity.

March 25, 2014--Arizona's future climate includes temps rising, water disappearing (Phys.org)

The Southwestern United States is facing an increasingly stressful future with unabated population growth, oversubscribed water resources and a hotter and drier climate.

March 12, 2014--Reclamation veteran Jennifer Gimbel to serve as Deputy Commissioner for External and Intergovernmental Affairs (USBR)

Bureau of Reclamation acting Commissioner Lowell Pimley announced Jennifer Gimbel has been named Reclamation’s Deputy Commissioner for External and Intergovernmental Affairs. “An important component of carrying out Reclamation’s mission is working with its customers, stakeholders and the public,” said Acting Commissioner Pimley.

March 4, 2014--Colorado River delta to receive infusion of water (San Diego Tribune)

The United States and Mexico plan to collaborate this month on a pilot “pulse flow” of Colorado River water into the river’s delta in Baja California, a move hailed as historic by environmental groups on both sides of the border. The release at Morelos Dam near near Algodones is expected to start on March 23d, Jack Simes of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation said Monday.

March 2, 2014--Making every drop of water count (Durango Herald)

It is well-known that water availability across the Western United States is a big problem, affecting farmers, ranchers, cities and everyone in between. There have been fights in the Colorado Legislature over lawn watering and ski area water rights. And the federal government continues to place great importance on providing adequate water supplies for the future.

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