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Declining Colorado River Supply

Via Sustainable Waters, a report on the growing water crisis in the Colorado River Basin: Image: Lake Powell lost nearly half of its storage capacity during 2000-2018. It’s a bit hard to believe now, but back in 2012 there wasn’t a lot of talk about fresh water in the global dialogues on climate change. Yes, […]

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The American West’s Water Shortage Is Fueled by Human Error

Via Outside Magazine, commentary on how the inability of western states to track water usage is exacerbating the region’s drought crisis: Back in 2013, Zach Frankel, executive director of the Utah Rivers Council, an environmental advocacy group, asked Utah’s Division of Water Resources (DWR) for the data used to create a landmark study of the state’s […]

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Risk of Colorado River Decline

Via the Las Vegas Review Journal, an article on the decline of the Colorado River: It supplies water and power to 40 million people from Wyoming to Mexico and irrigates billions of dollars in cropland used to feed millions more. No wonder so many people are worried about the Colorado River. Punishing drought has ravaged […]

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On the Water-Starved Colorado River, Drought Is the New Normal

Via Yale’s e360, an interesting article on the impact that a 19-year drought and climate change in the U.S. southwest is having upon making the region, water managers and users along the Colorado River: In the basement of the University of Arizona’s Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research, the fragrant smell of pine hangs in the air as […]

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In a Warming West, the Rio Grande Is Drying Up

Courtesy of the New York Times (subscription required), a look at how – even in a good year – much of the Rio Grandeis diverted for irrigation but, in 2018, it’s only May and the river is already turning to sand: Mario Rosales, who farms 365 acres along the Rio Grande, knows the river is […]

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US, Mexico Reach Deal To Conserve Colorado River Water

Via Associated Press, a report on a new agreement between the United States and Mexico to preserve the overtaxed Colorado River: The United States and Mexico unveiled an agreement Wednesday to preserve the overtaxed Colorado River, including spending millions of dollars on conservation and environmental projects and drawing up plans to deal with any shortages […]

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