Agriculture

Water Use Audits Offered to Farmers!

Farmers consume nearly 90 percent of Colorado's water, and Colorado State University is offering ways for them to use it more efficiently. A grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to CSU's Center for Agricultural Energy will pay for reduced-cost irrigation efficiency audits for growers with center pivot systems.


August 18, 2014--Only bold action will save the Colorado River (Arizona Central)

Reservoirs once filled to the brim from the Colorado and its tributaries are at historic lows due to an unprecedented drought and growing human demands. Shrunken stream flows now pose serious challenges for wildlife and recreation, as well as cities, farms and others who rely upon the river.


August 17, 2014--West’s historic drought stokes fears of water crisis (Washington Post)

When the winter rains failed to arrive in this Sacramento Valley town for the third straight year, farmers tightened their belts and looked to the reservoirs in the nearby hills to keep them in water through the growing season.


August 17, 2014--Conservation measures take center stage (Post Independent)

Gary Bumgarner doesn’t like to hear statistics that say irrigated agriculture makes up 85 percent of Colorado’s consumptive water use. It’s misleading, he says, and as a fourth-generation Grand County rancher with senior and junior water rights, he knows a thing or two about water.


August 14, 2014--Water study for US West oil & gas usage undertaken by Golder (Oil & Gas News)

Oil and gas exploration and production in the US Western states uses less water compared to other public and private sector activities, according to a study released by Western Energy Alliance that was conducted by Golder Associates, a global consulting, design, and construction services firm.


August 14, 2014--'Game-changing' initiative could drastically cut water usage for farming (UALR Radio)

Delta Plastics has launched a new water conservation software initiative that leaders say could reduce water usage by 20 percent by the year 2020. "This initiative is the most important conservation effort we have ever launched," said Dhu Thompson, Delta Plastics Chairman. "‘Preserving our farmland’ has been our company slogan for nearly 20 years.


August 12, 2014--Southwest braces as Lake Mead water levels drop (ABC News)

Once-teeming Lake Mead marinas are idle as a 14-year drought steadily drops water levels to historic lows. Officials from nearby Las Vegas are pushing conservation, but are also drilling a new pipeline to keep drawing water from the lake. Hundreds of miles away, farmers who receive water from the lake behind Hoover Dam are preparing for the worst.


August 11, 2014--Yucca House National Monument access gets challenged by landowner (Denver Post)

Yucca House National Monument in far southwest Colorado is one of the smallest National Park Service units in the country in terms of visitor numbers. It hosts a number of ancient water reserviors. It also involves one of the more unusual journeys to get there.

August 10, 2014--Prepared for water challenges (Las Vegas Sun)

When Lake Mead was created in 1935, it made history. Hoover Dam had tamed the wild and unpredictable Colorado River, creating the nation’s largest man-made reservoir and establishing a bank account of water resources that has supported the American Southwest ever since.


August 7, 2014--California century-old water rights profit from drought (Bloomberg)

Last summer, in the second year of California’s latest dry spell, Michael Perez, a farmer in the state’s Central Valley, paid $250 an acre-foot for water to irrigate his almonds, cherries, tomatoes, and cotton.


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