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Drought In US West

Via The Economist, a report on how the lack of snow in the US west is worsening the Colorado River’s supply problem: On March 13th, Denverites watched from frozen windows as the fourth-biggest snowstorm ever to hit their city buried Colorado’s capital two feet deep, and added fresh powder to the foothills of the Rockies. Local officials […]

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A Clear Warning About the Colorado River

Via Adventure Journal, a short piece on the Colorado River: For the West this past summer, the news about water was grim. In some parts of California, it didn’t rain for over 100 days. In western Colorado, the ground was so dry that runoff at first evaporated into the air. And in New Mexico and […]

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Florida-Georgia Water Dispute Returns to Supreme Court

Via Circle of Blue, an article on the Florida-Georgia water dispute: The long-running dispute between Florida and Georgia over water resources reached the U.S. Supreme Court last week. The court will decide whether Georgia must cap its water use from the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint basin and allow more water to flow downstream to Florida.  The dispute began in […]

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In Drying Colorado River Basin, Indian Tribes Are Water Dealmakers

Via Circle of Blue, a look at how native Americans – who hold 20 percent of the basin’s water rights – will shape the future of the Southwest: Mired in drought and torched by one of the hottest years ever measured, the seven states of the Colorado River Basin are acutely aware of how a […]

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Nevada May Create ‘Water Court’ System

Via The Review Journal, a report that Nevada may create a new ‘water court’: As disputes over water rights increasingly end up in lengthy legal battles, the Nevada Supreme Court is potentially looking to reshape how the nation’s driest state handles water law. Nevada’s high court on Wednesday held a public hearing on a petition […]

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Future Upper Colorado River Basin Water Use Estimates Confound Planning

Via The Colorado Sun, an article on the complexity and politics involved in Colorado River water use estimates: Some water experts fear that a long-held aspiration to develop more water in the Upper Colorado River Basin is creating another chance to let politics and not science lead the way on river management. “Alternative Management Paradigms […]

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