Drought

February 5, 2015--Disaster designation issued for S.W. Colo. counties (Durango Herald)

As Southwest Colorado’s drought conditions continue to increase during a warm, dry winter, help is in sight for area ranchers and farmers. Late Wednesday afternoon, the U.S. Department of Agriculture issued contiguous disaster designations for 21 of Colorado’s 64 counties, including Archuleta, La Plata and Montezuma counties.


February 3, 2015--World has not woken up to water crisis caused by climate change: IPCC head (Reuters)

Water scarcity could lead to conflict between communities and nations as the world is still not fully aware of the water crisis many countries face as a result of climate change, the head of the U.N. panel of climate scientists warned on Tuesday. The latest report from the U.N.


February 2, 2015--Groundhog Day & California’s drought (Circle of Blue)

For the past four months, the Circle of Blue team, some contracted photographers, and our various partners — Google, Columbia University, NOAA, NASA, etc. — have been working hard to bring you Choke Point: Index, a data-driven narrative out of three U.S.


February 1, 2015--California drought creating serious water-weed problems (Seattle Times)

Over the past several months, a thick carpet of green has spread across many Delta harbors and even open channels, making them the latest victims of California’s drought.


February 1, 2015--Water managers bracing for another dry year in NM (Albuquerque Journal)

For the fourth consecutive year, New Mexico water users are watching a skimpy snowpack in the state’s northern mountains and worrying about how much water they will have this spring and summer. On the state’s largest rivers – the Pecos, the Rio Grande and the San Juan – the thin covering of mountain snow means less water in early forecasts.


January 30, 2015--Unusually high temperatures, low snow pack could spell trouble for Utah’s water needs (Fox 13)

Five degrees for six months: Those are numbers that cause serious concern for Utah water experts. Brian McInerney, Hydrologist for the National Weather Service, said from August through January, northern Utah has averaged temperatures five degrees higher than normal. “Which is incredibly significant when you talk about snow pack,” McInerney said.


January 30, 2015--Scientists see shrinking California snowpack as a harbinger (Los Angeles Times)

State workers performed a California winter ritual Thursday, poking hollow aluminum tubes into Sierra Nevada meadows to measure the snowpack. In what scientists see as a harbinger, they didn't find much. "We will conceivably see more years like this in the future," said geologist Jeffrey Mount, a senior fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California.


January 30, 2015--Governor: Face woes ‘head-on’ (Pueblo Chieftain)

That two-word description is one way to boil down the Colorado Water Plan, all 2,000 pages and 15,000 comments on it, the Colorado Water Congress learned Thursday. “We have to be smarter. We’re not going to have enough to do everything we want,” Gov.


January 27, 2015--Warming ups odds of extreme La Niñas, wild weather (Climate Central)

La Niña events can drive weather patterns wild around the globe from helping exacerbate drought in West Africa and increase rainfall in areas as diverse as South Asia and the Pacific Northwest. The more extreme the La Niña, which is characterized by a cooling of waters in the tropical Pacific, generally the more pronounced the impacts can be.


January 27, 2015--California water shortage: $1 billion plant will make seawater drinkable by end of 2015 (Los Angeles Times)

While much of California remains in the grip of a three-year drought, a $1 billion desalination plant that will turn seawater to drinking water is on track to open later this year to serve residents of San Diego County. Once running, the plant will be the largest of its kind in the Western Hemisphere.


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