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With Severe Drought, Urgent Need To Rework Colorado River Compact

Via the LA Times, an article on the need to rework the Colorado River compact: One hundred years after a landmark agreement divided the waters of the Colorado River among Western states, the pact is now showing its age as a hotter and drier climate has shrunk the river. The flow of the Colorado has […]

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50 Years of Protecting and Restoring the Great Lakes

Via The Conversation, a look at 50 years of US-Canada joint efforts to protect and restore the Great Lakes: The Great Lakes cover nearly 95,000 square miles (250,000 square kilometers) and hold over 20% of Earth’s surface fresh water. More than 30 million people in the U.S. and Canada rely on them for drinking water. The lakes support a multibillion-dollar maritime economy, […]

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Grim Drought Outlook for Western U.S. As Climate Change Brings Hotter, Thirstier Atmosphere

Via The Conversation, a report on the grim 2022 drought outlook for Western US as climate change brings a hotter, thirstier atmosphere: Much of the western U.S. has been in the grip of an unrelenting drought since early 2020. The dryness has coincided with record-breaking wildfires, intense and long-lasting heat waves, low stream flows and dwindling water supplies in reservoirs that millions of […]

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Saving The Mekong Delta From Drowning

Via Terra Daily, a report on the Mekong Delta: Southeast Asia’s most productive agricultural region and home to 17 million people could be mostly underwater within a lifetime. Saving the Mekong River Delta requires urgent, concerted action among countries in the region to lessen the impact of upstream dams and better manage water and sediments […]

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Outlawing Lawns: Las Vegas’ New Approach to Saving Water

Courtesy of the New York Times, a report on how Las Vegas – with drought and growth taking a toll on the Colorado River, the source of 90 percent of the region’s water – has a new law mandating the removal of turf, patch by patch: It was a perfectly decent patch of lawn, several […]

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Egypt Braces For Third-Stage Filling Of Nile Dam

Via Al Monitor, an article on Egypt’s continued effort to implement projects for water management, in light of the third filling of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam: Before the start of the third-stage filling of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam’s (GERD) reservoir and with the start of the planting season in the summer, Cairo is considering […]

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