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January 24, 2015--Irrigation water use drops by 30 percent in Nebraska (Journal Star)

Water used to irrigate and grow corn and other agricultural crops dropped by 30 percent across a wide swath of Nebraska last year. And a recent report by the U.S. Geological Survey indicates that, on average, the condition of the Ogallala Aquifer is stable and significantly healthier in Nebraska than in all other states over significant portions of the massive freshwater aquifer.


January 2, 2015--States react to new era of water scarcity (Circle of Blue)

California, its hand forced in 2014 by a nasty drought, brought its groundwater laws out of the Gold Rush era and into line with nearly every other state in the Union.


November 20, 2014--Underground water bubble is huge help during drought (KSAT)

Despite another drought-stricken year and very low aquifer levels, SAWS customers never faced Stage III restrictions. A reserve underground “bubble” of water, located at the Twin Oaks Aquifer Storage and Recovery Facility, or ASR as it is known, is a big reason why. As a resource, it had never been as valuable as it was in 2014.


October 8, 2014--SA's Texas water exchange is first of its kind in Western Hemisphere (ABC)

"There's money to be made off water,” said Anastasia Valdes, CEO of the Texas Water Exchange. In some cases, there is a lot of money to be made off of the resource. As a result, Texans are starting to lease and sell the commodity in large quantities.


September 19, 2014--Western U.S. governors begin drought discussions (Circle of Blue)

In the midst of a record-smashing dry cycle in the United States, the organization with the most influence over state and federal drought policy wants to do a better job managing the crisis. The need is evident. New research indicates that current state drought plans are inadequate for the task.


August 25, 2014--Northern California 6.0 quake linked to decades of overpumping groundwater? (Los Angeles Times/WIP)

Less than one week after a Los Angeles Times article linked excessive groundwater pumping to earthquakes, a level 6.0 quake rocked the Napa Valley area yesterday. From the article:


August 18, 2014--The cup's half full without groundwater regulation (Los Angeles Times)

They're all patting themselves on the back in the state Capitol for finally achieving a water bond deal. And that's fine. It was a momentous act. But what really would be historic — and worth running self-congratulatory reelection ads about — would be to pair the bond proposal with even more important groundwater regulation.

July 30, 2014--Should wastewater utilities own the water they treat after its discharged? (Water Online)

Texas regulators appear to be shooting down an unconventional proposal by a utility to take ownership of the water it treats. The logic behind the original proposal, per the Texas Tribune: "Every year, the San Antonio Water System treats close to 33 billion gallons of wastewater and discharges it into the San Antonio River.


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