Groundwater

February 18, 2015--Pinching our aquifer piggy banks in California, Colorado and beyond (Mountain Town News)

To grasp the immensity of the groundwater pumping in California during the last century, think back to the last time you flew into Las Vegas. Before descending into McCarran International Airport, you may have swept across Lake Mead. When full, the reservoir is 112 miles long and up to 532 feet deep.


February 6, 2015--Water expert: NM is draining water reserves (Albuquerque Journal)

If water were dollars and New Mexico a bank, our checking account would be busted and we’d be dipping dangerously into savings. That’s how Sam Fernald, director of the New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute, thinks about the state’s dire water conditions.


January 29, 2015--Hickenlooper: Water usage not storage will solve Colorado's shortfall (Denver Post)

The population growth in Colorado and other western states cannot continue unless water supply challenges are met, Gov. John Hickenlooper and state planners said Thursday in opening the Colorado Water Congress annual conference.


January 28, 2015--Natural breakdown of petroleum may lace arsenic into groundwater (Environmental News Network)

In a long-term field study, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and Virginia Tech scientists have found that changes in geochemistry from the natural breakdown of petroleum hydrocarbons underground can promote the chemical release (mobilization) of naturally occurring arsenic into groundwater.


January 24, 2015--Report: Farming and urban growth are polluting America’s aquifers (Circle of Blue)

Farming and urban growth, two forces that are reshaping the land surface, are also changing the chemistry and physical properties of the nation’s aquifers, leading to greater concentrations of natural and manmade pollutants that could persist for decades in essential underground water sources, according to a comprehensive U.S.


January 24, 2015--Irrigation water use drops by 30 percent in Nebraska (Journal Star)

Water used to irrigate and grow corn and other agricultural crops dropped by 30 percent across a wide swath of Nebraska last year. And a recent report by the U.S. Geological Survey indicates that, on average, the condition of the Ogallala Aquifer is stable and significantly healthier in Nebraska than in all other states over significant portions of the massive freshwater aquifer.


January 8, 2015--Does the Public Trust Doctrine apply to groundwater? The California Supreme Court may decide (JD Supra Business Advisors)

The California Supreme Court is currently considering a petition that raises an important and novel issue of California water law: whether the public trust doctrine applies to groundwater. The public trust doctrineholds that the State possesses sovereign interests in navigable waters, which are held in trust for the public.


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


November 26, 2014--Experts make recommendations for coping with drought (Desert Sun)

A group of water experts recommended this week that Southern California should do much more to address the region’s long-term water problems.


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