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May 20th, 2015

May 16, 2015--L.A. getting no Owens Valley runoff for first time since 1913 (Los Angeles Times)

For the first time since 1913 -- when Department of Water and Power chief architect William Mulholland opened the waterway with the words, "There it is. Take it!" -- the 233-mile Los Angeles Aqueduct has stopped carrying Owens Valley runoff to Los Angeles.


May 15, 2015--El Niño near-certain to last through summer: U.S. climate center (Reuters)

The El Niño climate phenomenon is almost certain to last through the Northern Hemisphere summer, the U.S. weather forecaster said, raising the chance of heavy rain in the southern United States as well as South America, and scorching heat in Asia that could devastate crops of thirsty food staples like rice.


May 15, 2015--Southwest reservoirs play catch-up (Durango Herald)

Colorado is slogging through a wetter-than-normal spring, with heavy rain restoring much-needed moisture to parched rangeland and sending some rivers over the banks. But the precipitation isn’t helping dry downstream states in the Southwest that rely on the Colorado River, which originates in western Colorado. The U.S.


May 19th

May 14, 2015--US water experts calls for Australian-style water reforms to Colorado River Basin (ABC Rural)

As the Colorado River Basin edges closer to its first ever officially declared shortage, one expert is calling on policy makers to adopt Australian-style water reform to cope with looming shortages. The Colorado River traces a path from the Rocky Mountains in Colorado, through Utah, Arizona, Nevada, and California, before crossing into Mexico. Recently, Washington-based environmental


May 14, 2015--Colorado begins $3.4 million effort to save ag water, use it to make power (Denver Post)

Colorado is embarking on a federally backed $3.4 million experiment to transform the flood irrigation farmers use to grow crops: tapping diverted water more efficiently and generating electricity. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack kicked off the "small hydropower" project Monday in Denver and announced $235 million in new federal grants nationwide to spur innovation around water,


May 14, 2015--Gov. Hickenlooper signs bill to fight invasive, thirsty plants (KVNF)

House Bill 1006 creates the Invasive Phreatophyte Grant Program. Governor John Hickenlooper signed the bill at a ceremony in Montrose on Tuesday. "Phreatophytes are those trees and bushes...like Russian olive or tamarisk that just suck up water," said Hickenlooper.


May 13th

May 13, 2015--Colorado River water shortage looms (U-T San Diego)

California’s drought emergency woes have worsened, with a shortage on the Colorado River next year becoming increasingly likely. Odds of a shortage rose from 33 percent to 50 percent from April 1 to May 1, Metropolitan Water District, Southern California’s largest water wholesaler, said Monday.


May 12th

May 12, 2015--Plastic pipe, innovative solution to saving water (PR Newswire)

JM Eagle, the world's largest manufacturer of plastic pipe, urges cities and municipalities to save water with plastic pipe.


May 11th

May 11, 2015--Sea level rise accelerated over the past two decades, research finds (Guardian)

Sea level rise sped up over the last two decades rather than slowing down as previously thought, according to new research. Records from tide gauges and satellites have shown sea level rise slowing slightly over the past 20 years. But as the ice sheets of West Antarctica and Greenland shed ever more water into the ocean, climate models show it should be doing the opposite.


May 10, 2015--Millions of dollars in sewer clogs prompts flushable-wipes lawsuit (Water Online)

A Minnesota city is suing six manufacturers of so-called "flushable" personal wipes, alleging that the product is not living up to its name and instead clogging up the sewer system.