Texas

July 19, 2014--About the Ogallala (Kansas Agland)

The Ogallala Aquifer - a nearly 174,000-square-mile underground cache of water that spreads across parts of Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico, South Dakota, Texas and Wyoming - is one of the largest freshwater aquifers in the world.


July 15, 2014--America's breadbasket faces dire water crisis (NBC News)

While a high-pitched wind rattles the windows, and assaults a flapping, fraying American flag in the front yard, Lucas Spinhirne knows he’s staring into an abyss that many in Texas—and across the world—may be forced to contemplate.  The once bounteous quantities of water that flowed under his farmland in the Texas Panhandle are a distant memory–pumped to the last dr


June 27, 2014--California may only have two years of water, other states not far behind (Water Online)

Each drought-afflicted state is unhappy in its own way. Just ask federal meteorologist Brad Rippey, who outlined the difficulties of U.S. water scarcity in a recent interview published by 24/7 Wall St.


June 10, 2014--Farmers cope with drought as Texas-New Mexico fight over Rio Grande water (KHOU Houston)

As the drought drags on in the southwest and Texas moves forward with a lawsuit against New Mexico over Rio Grande water, farmers face another difficult irrigation season.  “It’s pretty tough to try to farm with just a little river water,” said Keith Deputy, a 3rd generation farmer. The depleted Rio Grande is at the center of the lawsuit. The U.S.


June 10, 2014--Severe water shortage in West fails to stop fracking at gas wells (NBC News)

Critics of fracking, may have hoped drought-ridden states might be inclined to shut down the oil and gas extraction method that uses huge amounts of water. But just last month, in the midst of the worst drought in California's history, the state Senate killed a bill that would have put a moratorium on the state's use of hydraulic fracturing.


June 4, 2014--Droughts may bring benefits to Colorado (Durango Herald)

Growing demand from dairies and the droughts in California and Texas may spur demand for local alfalfa. “I think we are looking at, if not a stable, a rising market for alfalfa,” said Terry Frankhauser, executive vice president of the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association.


May 25, 2014--Drought diminishes hydroelectric power in Texas as river authorities restrict release of water (Associated Press)

Hydroelectric power in Texas has all but dried up as the state's drought continues, according to a statewide review of generation sources. The amount of hydropower generated across Texas dropped 24 percent from 2012 to 2013, the Austin American-Statesman reported.


May 24, 2014--Seven states running out of water (Thinkstock)

The United States is currently engulfed in one of the worst droughts in recent memory. More than 30% of the country experienced at least moderate drought as of last week’s data. In seven states drought conditions were so severe that each had more than half of its land area in severe drought.


May 12, 2014--Voluntary, mandatory water restrictions in place across Western US to avoid shortages (Associated Press)

Cities across the West have mandated water restrictions or asked residents to voluntarily cut back on water use to avoid shortages. Some restrictions take effect automatically each year, while others depend on the forecast and the amount of precipitation the region has received. Much of the West is in some stage of drought, ranging from abnormal to exceptional.


May 10, 2014--Repercussions being felt from drought that has lingered since 2011 (Pueblo Chieftain)

The sky turns pink or brown as the dust clouds billow and swirl on the Southern Plains, leaving those caught outdoors with grit on their teeth and in their eyes, much like the days of the Dust Bowl. But due to the drought conditions that have been a constant presence since 2011, some parts of the Texas and Oklahoma panhandles, northeastern New Mexico and Southeastern Colorado are drier now


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