Agriculture

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.


August 7, 2014--The ‘whoa’ in the state’s water woes (Grand Junction Sentinel)

Earlier this year, Gov. John Hickenlooper vetoed Senate Bill 23 — a bill designed to encourage water conservation on the Western Slope — because he thought it created a “polarizing” atmosphere at a time when the Legislature was attempting to build consensus around a state water plan. There were other factors.


August 5, 2014--To protect hydropower, utilities will pay Colorado River water users to conserve (High Country News)

Here’s a sure sign that your region’s in drought: you stop paying your utility for the privilege of using water, and the utility starts paying you not to use water instead. Outlandish as it sounds, that’s what four major Western utilities and the federal government are planning to do next year through the $11 million Colorado River Conservation Partnership.


July 31, 2014--Tipton, EPA fight over water rule (Durango Herald)

It appears Mark Twain was right when he wrote, “Whiskey is for drinking; water is for fighting over.” U.S. Rep.


July 30, 2014--Pokrandt: Colorado needs a better water plan (Post Independent)

It’s almost time for football training camps, so here’s a gridiron analogy for Colorado River water policy watchers: Western Colorado is defending two end zones. One is the Colorado River. The other is agriculture. The West Slope team has to make a big defensive play.


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.


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