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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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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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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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Arizona’s Dry Future Begins as Colorado River Shrinks

Via the Wall Street Journal, an article on the impact that Arizona’s farms and cities will feel from the decline of one of the most important sources of water in America’s Southwest: Arizona is the first state to experience deep cutbacks caused by a drought-fueled decline in the Colorado River, one of the most important […]

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How Climate Change Sparked A Multi-State Battle Over The Colorado River

Via New York Magazine, a report on how climate change has sparked a multi-state battle over the Colorado River: The Colorado River’s 1,450-mile run begins amid the snowy pinnacles of the Rocky Mountains and ends in the subtropical waters of the Gulf of California. Over the millions of years the river has been running this course, […]

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Dwindling Water Levels of Lake Powell

Courtesy of Terra Daily, a report on the dwindling water levels of Lake Powell: After decades of drought, water levels in Lake Powell, the second-largest humanmade reservoir in the United States, have shrunk to its lowest level since it was created more than 50 years ago, threatening millions of people who rely on its water […]

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