Drought

August 19, 2013--With eye on Powell, Udall urges Coloradans to conserve water (Denver Journal)

Following the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation's decision Friday to release a historically low amount of water from Lake Powell, Sen. Mark Udall urged Coloradans to do their part by responsibly using water and making every drop count. Udall, who recently led a U.S. Senate hearing on the future of the Colorado River Basin, said every Coloradan has an obligation to conserve water.


August 19, 2013--A slow-motion Colorado River disaster (Los Angeles Times)

On Aug. 7, the head of the Southern Nevada Water Authority called for federal disaster relief to address the consequences of water scarcity in the Colorado River system. On Friday, the Bureau of Reclamation announced it would be forced to cut the flow of water into Lake Mead in 2014 to a historic low. Dominoes may now fall from California to Washington, D.C.


August 17, 2013--Colorado River shortage: What happens when the water runs dry? (Marketplace)

While all the Western states have been preparing for water shortages for years, to make supply and demand meet will require changes. “Roughly a third of the Colorado River is growing alfalfa and pasture and forage crops,” says Michael Cohen, senior research assistant at the Pacific Institute.


August 16, 2013--Colo. River releases from Powell to hit historic low (Northern Colorado Business Report)

Federal water managers, for the first time, will release only the minimum amount of water this fall from Lake Powell to Lake Mead, which serves residents of Arizona, Nevada and California. The decision comes as drought continues to plague western states and dry up the two largest reservoirs on the Colorado River – lakes Powell and Mead.


August 16, 2013--Feds begin Colorado River water drought measures (Denver Post)

After back-to-back driest years in a century on the Colorado River, federal water managers are giving Arizona and Nevada a 50-50 chance of having water deliveries cut in 2016. A U.S.


August 14, 2013--Forests can’t win for losing (Summit Voice)

Even if trees aren’t directly killed by drought, the ongoing stress of dry conditions can lead to more tree mortality in the aftermath of forest fires and prescribed burns. The findings come from a new study that took a close look at varied forest types around the west, including in Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park.


August 12, 2013--Arid southwest cities’ plea: Lose the lawn (New York Times)

This is how officials here feel about grass these days: since 2009, the city has paid $1.4 million to homeowners willing to rip out their front lawns and plant less thirsty landscaping. At least the lawns are still legal here. Grass front yards are banned at new developments in Las Vegas, where even the grass medians on the Strip have been replaced with synthetic turf.


August 7, 2013--Global climate report for 2012 full of warning signs (Summit Voice)

Some of the most compelling signs of global warming impacts continued to come from the Arctic in 2012, where sea ice extent reached a record low and Greenland experienced record surface melting last summer. Another worrying sign is the warming in permafrost regions, where significant thawing could release a new surge of heat-trapping greenhouse gases that would intensify warming.


August 7, 2013--Officials: Rural NM facing water crisis (Denver Post)

State officials have been fielding a steady stream of phone calls and emails from the managers of community drinking water systems around the state as drought refuses to give up its grip on New Mexico. The managers are looking to the state for help as they work to avert a crisis.


August 4, 2013--Climate change, water issues attract presidential attention (Water World)

References to water issues saturated President Barack Obama's speech in late June about his climate change initiative. The announcement referred to the effects of global warming on water availability, flooding and droughts. It discussed the issues of changing water cycle intensity and the increasing frequency of hydrologic extremes.


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