Archive - 2013

December 20th

December 20, 2013--Disagreements emerge as water bill nears finish line (Water Online)

Water utilities are at the center of a new fight in Congress. Senate and House negotiators are hammering out the final language in a major water infrastructure bill, and some even say it could pass by the end of the year.

December 20, 2013--Colorado ahead on interstate water deliveries (Pueblo Chieftain)

John Martin Reservoir was created in 1948 for flood control and to divide the water of the Arkansas River between Kansas and Colorado. Congress approved the Arkansas River Compact in 1949, after the two states signed it in 1948. It is operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

December 19, 2013--December US snowpack largest in a decade (Women Citizen)

Earlier this week, snow covered more than half of the continental United States, the highest this measure has reached for this date in a decade, according to government scientists. As of Dec. 15, the white, fluffy stuff covered 53 percent of the lower 48, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reported. That's a significantly higher portion than in recent years.

December 19, 2013--Sinking land brings calls for pumping alternative (New York Times)

Amid a persistent drought, a growing population and a dwindling supply of surface water, much of Texas is searching for underground water resources. But a large swath of Texas — home to close to one-quarter of its population — is looking for water supplies anywhere but beneath its surface.

December 19, 2013--GOCO to offer $5 million in grants to restore flood-ravaged parks, trails, open space (North Forty News)

To help flood-ravaged communities restore damaged or destroyed parks, trails and open spaces, Great Outdoors Colorado will provide up to $5 million in emergency grant funds, the GOCO board has announced. Communities in the 11 counties declared federal disaster areas after the flooding in mid September will be eligible to apply for the special GOCO grants starting next week.

December 19, 2013--Water wars began in SF 100 years ago (NBC)

There's a lot of water pressure in San Francisco. Behind every turn of the faucet, there's 100 years of contentious history. Dec. 19, 1913, was when President Woodrow Wilson signed into law the Raker Act, which allowed San Francisco to begin drawing its water from as-yet unbuilt Hetch Hetchy Reservoir in Yosemite National Park.

December 19, 2013--Dramatic decline in industrial agriculture could herald 'peak food' (The Guardian)

The study by scientists at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln argues that there have been abrupt declines or plateaus in the rate of production of major crops which undermine optimistic projections of constantly increasing crop yields.

December 18, 2013--Global water scarcity predicted to rise by 40% (Sydney Mroning Herald)

Global water scarcity already on the rise due to exploding global populations may be amplified by up to 40 per cent due to climate change. Research carried out by the German-based Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research has found significantly more people throughout the world will struggle to find the water needed for the basics of life as the planet warms.

December 18, 2013--Lower Rio Grande Basin study shows shortfall in future water supply (Science Daily)

Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Michael L. Connor released the Lower Rio Grande Basin Study that evaluated the impacts of climate change on water demand and supply imbalances along the Rio Grande along the United States/Mexico border from Fort Quitman, Tex., to the Gulf of Mexico.

December 18th

December 18, 2013--Do ancestral Puebloans have a lesson? Demise of the ancients could be a caution for the world today (Durango Herald)

Two professionals from different fields but with similar interests say the fate of the ancient inhabitants of the Four Corners foreshadows what lies in store for moderns who try to wrest from the environment more than it can give. Jim Judge, a retired archaeologist, and Dr.