Archive - Jul 2014


July 29th

July 29, 2014--The importance of the Colorado Water Plan (

Most politicians from the Western Slope run on a platform of “not one more drop.” That’s because 80% of Colorado’s water falls on the western slope, yet 87% of the population lives on the other side of the Continental Divide.

July 29, 2014--Water is today's risky business (Huffington Post)

Recently, a bi-partisan group of political and business leaders including Henry Paulson, Tom Steyer, Michael Bloomberg, Robert Rubin, and Olympia Snowe issued a call to arms regarding a growing threat to America's prosperity.

July 29, 2014--Controlling water quality in the age of pollution and natural disasters (

Two years ago, Hurricane Sandy damaged more than 100 drinking water supply facilities and sewage treatment plants, leaving the state of New York, with an unexpected $2 billion bill to repair them. On the other side of the globe, drinking water even kilometres from the Fukushima power plant in Japan still is, today, a life gamble.

July 29, 2014--Utility offers free treated wastewater to residential customers (Water Online)

A sewer district in California is giving away free treated water. "Toting empty milk jugs, tubs, buckets, even water tanks, residents have been lining up to fill 'em up since mid-June at what sewer district officials say is the only plant giving away free treated effluent to residential customers," the Contra Costa Times reported. Why the generosity?

July 29, 2014--Groundwater pumping causes ground to drop (Press-Enterprise)

Creating a lush, artificial oasis in the Coachella Valley has siphoned away so much underground water that the land above it is sinking. Land surfaces declined nine inches to two feet in some areas of Palm Desert, Indian Wells, and La Quinta between 1995 and 2010 because so much groundwater was being pumped from the aquifers beneath, according to a 17-year study done by the U.S.

July 29, 2014--Water credits: Phase-out delay not yet official (Casa Grande Dispatch)

A requested five-year delay of an Arizona Department of Water Resources plan to phase out agricultural extinguishment credits has a few more steps to go through before it becomes official. The groundwater credits can be sold to developers when land is retired from agriculture.

July 29, 2014--Midwestern waters are full of bee-killing pesticides (Mother Jones)

The US Environmental Protection Agency has been conducting a slow-motion reassessment of a widely used class of insecticides, even as evidence mounts that it's harming key ecosystem players from pollinating bees to birds.

July 29, 2014--Worldwide water shortage by 2040 (Science Daily)

Two new reports that focus on the global electricity water nexus have just been published. Three years of research show that by the year 2040 there will not be enough water in the world to quench the thirst of the world population and keep the current energy and power solutions going if we continue doing what we are doing today.

July 28, 2014--Conservation critical, Colorado Rivers study finds (Cache Valley Daily)

Reuse and conserve are the two big points in a new study about how to stretch the water in the Colorado River to meet the needs of Utahns and others who depend on the river. Matt Rice is director of the Colorado Basin Program with the environmental advocacy group Americans Rivers.

July 28, 2014--Water and economic value for Arizona (Havasu News)

Central Arizona Project (CAP) is the primary steward of central and southern Arizona's Colorado River water resources. By delivering almost 500 billion gallons of Colorado River water every year, CAP has dramatically and positively changed the economic and environmental landscape of our state.