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Upstream Water Used To Keep Lake Powell Afloat Is Running Out

Via CNN, an article on how the upstream water used to keep Lake Powell afloat is running out: Upstream reservoirs in the Colorado River Basin might not have enough water to keep Lake Powell above a critical threshold indefinitely, federal officials have warned in recent weeks, as the West’s ongoing megadrought saps water from across the West. The Flaming Gorge reservoir on the […]

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‘There’s Not Enough Water:’ A Thirsty U.S. Export Crop vs. Global Food Supply Chains

Via The Guardian, an article on how U.S. alfalfa farmers have been asked to give up crop amid the US southwest’s megadrought: On an early August morning in California’s Imperial Valley, tractors rumble across verdant fields of alfalfa, mowing down the tall grass and leaving it to dry in shaggy heaps under the hot sun. Here, […]

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Arizona: California ‘Failing To Do Its Part’ To Avert Megadrought ‘Catastrophe’

Via 12 News, a report of growing discord between Arizona and California over shortages of water: Arizona and Nevada are gearing up for massive Colorado River cuts as Lake Mead water levels continue to drop to historic levels. California, however, won’t be facing any cuts, even though it is by far the largest user of Colorado River water. […]

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Climate Change Is Ravaging the Colorado River, But There’s a Model to Avert the Worst

Courtesy of The New York Times, an article on how water management success in the Yakima River Basin in Washington may hold lessons for the seven states at war over water in the American West: The water managers of the Yakima River basin in arid Central Washington know what it’s like to fight over water, […]

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Vague, Voluntary Proposals Will Not Help The Colorado River

Via Glenwood Springs Post Independent, commentary on the current proposals to help the Colorado River: Water managers in recent weeks have put forth plans for conservation aimed at addressing the water-scarcity crisis on the Colorado River. But the proposals, which are vague and voluntary and lack goals with numbers, will probably do little to get […]

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From Sun Belt to Dust Belt: Can U.S. Desert States Stave Off Their Decline?

Courtesy of STRATFOR (subscription required), an article on the precarious future of the U.S. southwest: The desert Sun Belt states of Arizona and Nevada have seen some of the fastest growth in the United States for the past half century, but if climate projections are accurate, that growth might turn into a decline as temperatures […]

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