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A View of The United States’ Water-Stressed Future

Via Grist.org, a look at a cross-state aquifer spat in the U.S., a view of a water-stressed future: Just ahead of the Great Recession, in 2005, Carolyn Chism Hardy got the news that the Coors brewery where she worked would close for good the next year. Following a merger with Molson, her higher-ups told her, the Memphis, Tennessee, […]

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US Official Attacks China’s ‘Manipulation’ of the Mekong

Via The Diplomat, an article on how Southeast Asia’s mighty river is quickly becoming a new front in US-China competition: A senior American diplomat has criticized China’s string of hydropower dams on the Mekong River, becoming the latest U.S. official to raise alarm about their possible effects on countries downstream. David R. Stilwell, assistant secretary of […]

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Missing: 1.5 Billion Tons Of Water

Via The Washington Post, a look at the impact of the Colorado River’s decreasing flows: On New Year’s Day in 2018, Paul Kehmeier and his father drove up Grand Mesa until they got to the county line, 10,000 feet above sea level. Instead of the three to five feet of snow that should have been […]

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In Parched US Southwest, Warm Spring Renews Threat of ‘Megadrought’

Via The New York Times, an article on the US Southwest’s drought concerns: Here at 12,000 feet on the Continental Divide, only vestiges of the winter snowpack remain, scattered white patches that have yet to melt and feed the upper Colorado River, 50 miles away. That’s normal for mid-June in the Rockies. What’s unusual this […]

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The Rio Grande: A River Runs Dry

Via New Mexico Political Report, an article on the Rio Grande: Albuquerque residents coping with the COVID-19 pandemic have flocked to the Rio Grande this spring and summer in droves, said John Fleck, director of the Water Resources Program at the University of New Mexico. “What we’re seeing in Albuquerque is stunning. People are in […]

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Droughts Exposed California’s Thirst For Groundwater

Via Science Magazine, a report on California’s thirst for groundwater: California’s Central Valley—one of the richest agricultural regions in the world—is sinking. During a recent intense drought, from 2012 to 2016, parts of the valley sank as much as 60 centimeters per year. “It isn’t like an earthquake; it doesn’t happen, boom,” says Claudia Faunt, […]

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