Archive - 2014

December 31, 2014--Planning for population growth and water scarcity in the West (Colorado Springs Independent)

'We are booming," says Jorge Figueroa, water policy analyst for Western Resource Advocates. In population, that is. But there's a problem: "You can't have growth if you don't have water." According to a 2014 Colorado Department of Local Affairs report, Colorado is expected to see an additional 2.5 million people by 2040.


December 30, 2014--As water demand slows, utilities seek new solutions (High Country News)

As a fifteenth year of drought persists in several Western states, cities like Las Vegas and Denver are contemplating costly new dams and pipelines to meet water demand. Those projects come from a brand of old solutions, ones that shaped the Western U.S., allowing cities to spread across dry plains and sandy deserts.


December 29th

December 29, 2014--Pulling water out of thin air and other zany solutions to water scarcity (Water Online)

Some of the most promising ideas for solving water scarcity sound like science fiction. The Financial Times explored the top proposals in a recent article, citing practical solutions as well as those that sound a little zany. According to the report, some of the most important innovations "are already on the market.


December 29, 2014--San Juan water dries up for first time in 40 years (Albuquerque Journal)

The San Juan-Chama Project, which delivers water from the mountains of southwest Colorado to central New Mexico, had the first shortfall this year in its four-decade history after three consecutive years of bad snowpack.


December 29, 2014--Water as a crop effort growing (Corsican Daily Sun)

Water is not traditionally thought of as a crop, but Water As A Crop and its partners are hoping to change that. This organization promotes the idea that water falling on private, rural land can be effectively conserved and marketed in a manner similar to crops.


December 28, 2014--Nevada — the driest state — has no statewide water plan (Reno Gazette Journal)

Nevada is suffering from a debilitating drought, experiencing the impacts of a warming climate and, some say, is deficient when it comes to long-term water planning for the state as a whole.


December 27, 2014--The mystery of the disappearing plastic trash in the oceans solved! (Environmental News Network)

Many of us have seen the photos of plastic refuse in the ocean, the large islands of bags and waste that collect at tidal crossroads. Yet when scientists took a survey of the ocean earlier this year, they found a suspicious amount had disappeared. Was it just our good luck that pollution was decreasing?


December 27, 2014--Water source for almonds in California may run dry (New York Times)

California’s almond orchards have been thriving over the past decade and now provide an $11 billion annual boost to the state economy. Covering 860,000 acres, they account for 80 percent of world production.


December 26th

December 26, 2014--Biggest cloud-seeding experiment yet only sparks more debate (Live Science)

Meteorologists first conceived of seeding clouds as a way to increase rainfall in 1946, working at General Electric's laboratories in Schenectady, New York. But in the nearly 60 years since then, it has remained unclear whether human attempts to make it snow actually work.