Drought

March 27, 2013--Colorado drought expected to persist through spring (Summit Voice)

Heading into April, Colorado water managers say snowfall the next few weeks would have to be more than twice of normal for the snowpack to reach the average peak snowpack, which typically happens April 8. A big swath of the high country is still classified as being in extreme drought.


March 27, 2013--New Mexico farmers seek ‘priority call’ as drought persists (New York Times)

Just after the local water board announced this month that its farmers would get only one-tenth of their normal water allotment this year, Ronnie Walterscheid, 53, stood up and called on his elected representatives to declare a water war on their upstream neighbors. “It’s always been about us giving up,” Mr. Walterscheid said, to nods.


March 26, 2013--Schwartz bill eases way to conserve agricultural water use (Aspen Times)

Ranchers and growers in the Roaring Fork Valley and elsewhere in the Colorado River basin would have a new incentive for conserving water without jeopardizing their water rights under legislation moving forward in the Colorado Legislature. The drought-fueled measure, put forth by state Sen.


March 26, 2013--Forest Service braces for bad wildfire season amid cuts (USA Today)

Persistent drought and an infestation of tree-killing insects have left broad swaths of the USA vulnerable to unusually fierce wildfires for the second straight year just as the U.S. Forest Service is dealing with cuts in its fire-fighting budget.


March 26, 2013--Colorado cities say there's no extra water (Denver Business Journal)

A handful of Colorado cities are telling ranchers and farmers suffering through an ongoing drought it's doubtful any extra water will be available for agriculture this year, the Greeley Tribune reports.


March 23, 2013--Crop insurance claims total $16B after widespread US drought; cost stirs debate in Congress (Washington Post)

Farmers will be paid a record $16 billion in crop insurance claims for 2012 because of the widespread drought, a staggering amount that has critics calling for changes to what they say is an inefficient taxpayer subsidy the government cannot afford.


March 22, 2013--World Water Day: A forceful reminder that the U.S. is running out of fresh water (Washington Post)

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the first World Water Day, a day established by the United Nations to focus attention on the importance of fresh water around the globe. Globally, fresh water is increasingly becoming an endangered resource. According to a U.S.


March 21, 2013--Water world: Dust to dust (Durango Telegraph)

With persistent drought conditions across Colorado and low reservoir levels in the southwest, water resource managers are looking at a potentially long and arid summer. Following a dry 2012, the warmest year on record, reservoir levels were already on the low side. Reservoir storage exactly one year ago sat at 104 percent of average, which helped the area get through late summer shortages.


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