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February 17, 2015--Water pipes would get fixed with $1 trillion infrastructure bill (Water Online)

At a time of intense budget pressure at the state and federal level, one senator is calling for a massive outlay of infrastructure dollars. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-VT, introduced a five-year, $1 trillion infrastructure bill last month. The top Democrat on the Senate Budget Committee, Sanders called on lawmakers to stop neglecting infrastructure issues.

February 17, 2015--Expert: Overpopulation and city expansion likely cause of future Colorado River Basin water shortages (Grand Canyon News)

Experts say conservation efforts like not watering lawns, taking shorter showers, turning off faucets and not washing your vehicle are not going to help in a long-term solution for water shortages along the Colorado River Basin.

February 17, 2015--Congress works to address aging tribal irrigation projects (Casper Tribune)

An aging agricultural irrigation project on the Wind River Reservation could receive federal maintenance money to modernize the century-old system. A bill introduced in the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs aims to complete 16 unfinished irrigation projects on tribal lands in the United States. Sen.

February 16, 2015--Scientists look at role of wetlands in battle against climate change (

The role rainforests play through storing carbon in the battle against climate change is well understood, but Deakin University scientists now believe the humble swamp, or freshwater wetland, could be up to 50 times more effective.

February 16, 2015--Nasa climate study warns of unprecedented North American drought (Guardian)

California is in the midst of its worst drought in over 1,200 years, exacerbated by record hot temperatures. A new study led by Benjamin Cook at Nasa GISS examines how drought intensity in North America will change in a hotter world, and finds that things will only get worse. Global warming intensifies drought in several ways. In increases evaporation from soil and reservoirs.