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September 17, 2014--Drought solutions overlook too many factors water policy expert warns (Virtual Strategy Magazine)
Much of the world, according to Neil Grigg, PhD, is experiencing a major extended drought crisis that in many regions affects economic growth, human health and basic survival. Grigg praises the many individuals who are dedicated to solving the crisis but warns that too many fresh water policy solutions overlook large portion of the problem.
Here -- for your future reference -- are a few popular policies and their drawbacks: A national water strategy is usually inappropriate because it's at the wrong governance scale. The largest useful scale for governance is a watershed or catchment, which may cross national or political boundaries.
The weather is not the only challenge for parched California water districts.
While most water plans have a dominant component, dependence on a single strategy is risky. Climate change, population growth, and other 21st-century challenges can adversely impact regions with few water options. Rather, we should think in terms of a water portfolio.
February 23, 2014--Can California avoid a ‘shock to trance’ approach to water policy? (New York Times)
Forecasters predict heavy rains will sweep in from the Pacific Ocean over much of California late next week. The state’s extreme drought will be far from over, but the shift from parched days to downpours illustrates on a short time scale one factor explaining why it’s hard to change deeply ingrained and wasteful approaches to water policy.
Some Colorado lawmakers want the final say on how the state uses its limited water resources. Senate Bill 115 has been introduced and elected officials from both political parties have signed up as sponsors. The measure, if approved, would give the Colorado Legislature the authority to adopt a state water plan.
A bill, SB115, giving the state Legislature that authority was introduced this week and has sponsors from both parties in both houses. It also calls for public hearings at basin roundtables in order to provide more public input. “We think the state Legislature makes the laws,” said Sen.
References to water issues saturated President Barack Obama's speech in late June about his climate change initiative. The announcement referred to the effects of global warming on water availability, flooding and droughts. It discussed the issues of changing water cycle intensity and the increasing frequency of hydrologic extremes.
Governor Hickenlooper issued an Executive Order on May 15th directing the state to work on a new Colorado Water Plan to determine how to secure enough water supplies to meet urban and rural demands.
Submitted by denise on July 2, 2013 - 2:00pm
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The Colorado Water Congress (CWC) Summer Conference and Membership Meeting takes place annually, the third week of August for two and half days at a Colorado resort location. Mark you calendar, the 2013 conference is scheduled for August 21 to 23 at the Sheraton in Steamboat Springs.