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Depleted by Drought, Lakes Powell and Mead Were Doomed From The Beginning

Via The Washington Post, a report on the history of the Colorado River Basin system, how it was designed and the impacts of climate change shed light on why it was destined to fail: For the first time, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation issued a water shortage for Lake Mead starting in 2022. Located between southern Nevada and […]

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The Colorado River: Hung Out to Dry?

Via Slate, commentary on the crisis affecting the Colorado River: On Aug. 16, the Bureau of Reclamation, a federal agency that is part of the Interior Department, held a press conference announcing that for the first time in the 99 years of governmental record-keeping, it was declaring a water shortage on the Colorado River. Starting […]

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Western US Faces Future Of Prolonged Drought

Via Terra Daily, an article on the US West’s dry future: Seasonal summer rains have done little to offset drought conditions gripping the western United States, with California and Nevada seeing record July heat and moderate-to-exceptional drought according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Now, new research is showing how drought in the […]

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California’s ‘Cantaloupe Center’ Struggles As Drought Pummels U.S. West

Courtesy of The Washington Post, a report on the impact of drought on California’s ‘Cantaloupe Center’: This small town in California’s agriculture-rich Central Valley advertises itself as the “Cantaloupe Center of the World.” But as relentless drought punishes California and the West, the land is drying up and the cantaloupes are disappearing. Farmers have let large […]

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40 Million People Rely On The Colorado River Which Is Drying Up Fast

Courtesy of The New York Times, an article on the Colorado River: On a 110-degree day several years ago, surrounded by piles of sand and rock in the desert outside of Las Vegas, I stepped into a yellow cage large enough to fit three standing adults, and was lowered 600 feet through a black hole […]

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Fight Over Florida Water Has Some Surprising Winners

Via Christian Science Monitor, an article on how – when it comes to decisions affecting Florida’s groundwater – business interests usually trump environmental concerns, but that may be changing: Burt Eno peers down through the surface of the Rainbow River, examining the sea grasses below. Even though the water has changed over the past mile […]

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