Agriculture

August 29, 2014--Water 'thermostat' could help engineer drought-resistant crops (Science Daily)

Duke University researchers have identified a gene that could help scientists engineer drought-resistant crops. The gene, called OSCA1, encodes a protein in the cell membrane of plants that senses changes in water availability and adjusts the plant's water conservation machinery accordingly.


August 28, 2014--Water plans will hurt Colorado farmers (Reporter Herald)

Denver Water on behalf of the Bureau of Reclamation and the respective water districts from Arizona, California and Nevada recently developed a drought management pilot program for the Upper Colorado River System to send more water downstream. Other than Denver Water, the water districts involved in this program represent the states known as the Lower Basin states.


August 28, 2014--Residents weigh in on water (Durango Herald)

Nine river sub-basins. More than 10,000 square miles of drainage. Six water compacts and agreements. About 130 identified projects and processes ranging from repairing the spillway at Vallecito Reservoir to improving riparian habitat for three sensitive native fish, including the flannelmouth sucker. Differing, sometimes competing, uses for water, a scarce resource in the arid Southwest.


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.

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