Archive - 2013

December 18th

December 17, 2013--Southern California water dispute boils over (Wall Street Journal)

A water war in Southern California could result in rates being driven up for millions of customers, just as the state enters a third year of drought. The San Diego County Water Authority is alleging in a lawsuit that its supplier, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, is gouging the county on charges to deliver water through an aqueduct system.

December 17th

December 17, 2013--Action urged on Silverton mining cleanup (Durango Herald)

A former participant in an unofficial effort to eliminate toxic mine waste around Silverton has asked federal environmental and state health authorities to throw their full weight behind a rigorous cleanup program.

December 16, 2013--Lost freshwater may double climate change effects on agriculture (Science Daily)

A warmer world is expected to have severe consequences for global agriculture and food supply, reducing yields of major crops even as population and demand increases.

December 16, 2013--Interior secretary lauds Las Vegas water chief Mulroy (Las Vegas Journal)

She wasn’t there to hear it, but outgoing Southern Nevada Water Authority chief Pat Mulroy got a warm send-off Friday from Interior Secretary Sally Jewell at the annual meeting of the Colorado River Water Users Association at Caesars Palace.

December 16, 2013--Snow forecasts get federal reprieve (Pueblo Chieftain)

Colorado’s snow forecasting programs have been spared from the federal budget ax — at least for this year. U.S. Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., and the U.S.

December 15, 2013--Nebraska makes compact call for 2014 (Yuma Pioneer)

Based on the lack of surface water available for delivery in the Republican River Basin in 2014, the Department of Natural Resources has declared 2014 as a compact call year. DNR is forecasting that 2014 wil

December 13, 2013--NASA’s GRACE satellites show Colorado River Basin’s biggest water losses are groundwater (Circle of Blue)

As a first-ever declaration of water shortage in the Colorado River Basin approaches, water managers are paying keen attention to shrinking supplies in two bellwether reservoirs--Mead and Powell, which are both less than half full.