Drought

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--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 26, 2014--Drought, population pressures cause Rio Grande basin groundwater drop (Albuquerque First)

The Upper Rio Grande Basin has been struggling with drought for most of the past decade, forcing cities and farmers from southern Colorado to Texas' Hudspeth County to pump water from the ground to make up for the lack of snow and rain, according to an Associated Press report in the Santa Fe New Mexican


December 24, 2014--US says Mexico not living up to treaty to share water in times of drought (CCTV)

A water treaty signed between the U.S. and Mexico nearly 70 years ago calls for both countries to help each other by sharing in times of water surplus and shortage, but U.S. officials said Mexico isn’t holding up its side of the bargain.


December 22, 2014--Research finds potable reuse is the most affordable source of new water (Water and Wastes Digest)

Prolonged and severe droughts and other factors have made water supplies increasingly scarce in California, Texas and many other regions of the U.S., as well as elsewhere around the globe. A viable and affordable solution for many communities is to turn their wastewater into purified drinking water, according to a new WateReuse Research Foundation white paper.


December 22, 2014--Court upholds cutback in California water drawdown to protect fish (Reuters)

 Federal officials acted properly when they curtailed water extraction from California's Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to protect fish and orca species at the expense of farmers and other water users in central California, a U.S. appeals court ruled on Monday. The unanimous decision by a three-judge panel of the San Francisco-based U.S.


December 20, 2014--Can a Water Plan Actually Work? (Denver Magazine)

On a bright Friday morning in September, James Eklund, executive director of the Colorado Water Conservation Board, is dressed in a gray suit and a pink shirt to deliver his pitch to the men and women of the Public Affairs Council of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, across town from his office.


December 16, 2014--Central America drought becoming humanitarian crisis (Circle of Blue)

A severe drought is threatening food security in Central America. Los Angeles’ water supply is at risk from earthquakes, the newest section of China’s South-North project is now delivering water, and Jordan’s water sector desperately needs investment.


December 16, 2014--11 trillion gallons of water needed to end Calif. drought (USA Today)

About 11 trillion gallons of water is needed to end the drought in California, NASA announced Tuesday. That's about 130,000 Rose Bowls full of water. Even with the recent storms that have hit the state, they aren't nearly enough to end the multiyear drought, scientists say.


December 16, 2014--Desalination out of desperation (MIT Technology Review)

Even in drought-stricken California, San Diego stands out. It gets less rain than parched Los Angeles or Fresno. The region has less groundwater than many other parts of the state. And more than 80 percent of water for homes and businesses is imported from sources that are increasingly stressed.


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