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The End of Snow Threatens to Upend 76 Million American Lives

Via Bloomberg, an article on how the disappearing snowpack is accelerating the historic drought across the Western US, and so far government responses haven’t matched the scale of the problem: The Western US is an empire built on snow. And that snow is vanishing. Since most of the region gets little rain in the summer, even […]

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In Dry California, Salty Water Creeps Into Rivers

Via AP News, a report on another impact of the western U.S. drought: Charlie Hamilton hasn’t irrigated his vineyards with water from the Sacramento River since early May, even though it flows just yards from his crop. Nearby to the south, the industrial Bay Area city of Antioch has supplied its people with water from […]

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Hard Choices Ahead For Colorado River

Via Writers on the Range, commentary on the challenges facing the Colorado River: The seven Colorado River states – Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming – face a daunting mid-August deadline. The federal government has asked them to come up with a plan to reduce their combined water usage from the Colorado […]

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The Colorado River Crisis

Via The New York Times, commentary on the crisis facing the Colorado River: It’s past time to get real about the Southwest’s hardest-working river. About 40 million people rely on the Colorado River as it flows from Wyoming to Mexico. But overuse and climate change have contributed to its reservoirs drying up at such a […]

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US Southwest: Water Wars Come To The Suburbs

Via the New Yorker, a look at how a community near Scottsdale, Arizona, is running out of water and, amid the finger-pointing, the real question is: how many developments will be next: The best gossip you’re likely to hear in Rio Verde Foothills, Arizona, is about water. Last month, when a few residents stopped by […]

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Drought In The American West

Courtesy of Circle of Blue, a report on drought in the US west: As of July 12, nearly 45 percent of the U.S. and Puerto Rico is in drought, a 14 percent increase since mid-June. The federal Bureau of Reclamation gives Colorado River states a 60-day deadline to develop an emergency plan to conserve water. […]

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