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Archive for May, 2021

Amid American West Megadrought, Montana’s Reservoirs Are Running Dry

Via Circle of Blue, an article on the impact of drought in Montana: An extreme megadrought is sweeping across the American West, a consequence of climate change that is threatening urban water allotment, indigenous water security, and ecosystem balance. The pain is now being felt in Montana, where officials worry that a historically dry spring will shrink […]

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Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan: Solving Water Puzzle Key to Preventing Fresh Fighting

Via EurasiaNet, a report on Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan’s water tensions: Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan may be inching closer than ever to hashing out a border delimitation deal that will end decades of territorial ambiguity.  Less talk has been devoted, however, to the mechanisms for sharing and managing precious water resources. Until that happens, deadly conflict like […]

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Drought Imperils Economy in California’s Farm Country

Courtesy of The Wall Street Journal, a look at how the drought in California is forcing growers to pay four times normal prices for water and let almond trees die as federal government cuts or ends water allocations: Sitting in a pickup truck on his almond farm 100 miles north of San Francisco, Tom Butler […]

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Hoover Dam Made Life in the West Possible. Or So We Thought.

Courtesy of The New York Times, an OpEd on water scarcity in the U.S. west: Few things force you to confront hubris and genius at the same time as much as the magnificent harness on the Colorado River that created the largest reservoir in the United States. To build Hoover Dam in the 1930s, an army of […]

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Turkmenistan: Pump Up The Water

Via Eurasianet, an article on water in Turkmenistan: To judge by the number of needless fountains Turkmenistan has built over the years, one would be hard-pressed to realize that water comes at a premium in this desert nation. So it looked uncharacteristically pragmatic of President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov this week when he devoted so much attention […]

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GERD Lock: A Knot of Contradictions In Egypt-Sudan-Ethiopia Dispute

Via New Eastern Outlook, commentary on the decade long dispute over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam: There has been a decade-long dispute over the construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) on the Blue Nile since 2011. Recently, after the final failure of the negotiations in Kinshasa, this dispute has intensified between Cairo and […]

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