Press Clippings

March 26, 2015--Managers: Drought could go 15 years (Dolores Star)

Today's snow will soon be used to irrigate farms, but it won't be enough for a bumper crop. Water managers at the Ag Expo explained water issues through the lens of a drought that's lingered in the region since 2000. In some ways, things have worked out as they should, said Eric Kuhn, of the Colorado River Conservation District.


March 25, 2015--Thirty new bean varieties bred to beat baking climate (Reuters)

Scientists have bred 30 new varieties of "heat-beating" beans designed to provide protein for the world's poor in the face of global warming, researchers announced on Wednesday.


March 24, 2015--New national standard helps protect public water supplies (Water Online)

Global public health organization NSF International has published the first consensus-based American National Standard to evaluate the performance of municipal water filtration technologies in removing Cryptosporidium from public drinking water supplies.


March 24, 2015--Finding the right price for water (Atlantic)

There's a classic economic paradox about the price of water and value, and it comes from Adam Smith: Why do diamonds cost more than water? The comparison is meant to demonstrate how pricing works—that even though water is essential for human survival, our economy puts prices on things based on scarcity and value (and marginal utility).


March 24, 2015--Japan to build 250-mile-long, four storey-high wall to stop tsunamis (Independent)

Japanese authorities have unveiled plans to build a giant 250-mile long sea barrier to protect its coastline from devastating tsunamis. According to the proposals, the £4.6bn ($6.8bn) barrier would reach 12.5m high in some places – stretching taller than a four storey building.

March 24, 2015--Drought to continue in West, forecasters predict (Republic Washington Bureau)

The spring weather outlook for the West issued last week by federal forecasters has a familiar ring to it: continuing drought conditions leading to greater wildfire risk. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecast predicts drought will persist or worsen in Arizona, California, Nevada, Oregon and western Colorado through June.


March 23, 2015--Innovative thinking spurs water deal (Arizona Central)

As part of a deal approved by the Arizona Corporation Commission, the private company, Liberty Utilities, will recharge about 78 billion gallons of treated effluent into the West Valley's aquifer.


March 22, 2015--Why Denver spends water fees on trees (Ecosystem Marketplace)

The Colorado utility Denver Water delivers clean drinking water to 1.3 million people spread across more than 335 square miles, and most of that water comes from rivers and reservoirs that capture run-off from forest-covered hills in clearly-delineated watersheds.


March 22, 2015--Will California's drought affect hydroelectric power? (Christian Science Monitor)

For California, now in its fourth year of drought, the record low snowfall, in addition to the lack of rain, is beginning to hamper the state’s supply of hydroelectric energy. This winter California received only 12 percent of its average snowpack, meaning that there will be dramatically less runoff into the rivers and dams across the Sierra Nevada this spring. “We&#3


March 22, 2015--Colorado farm sales raise water worries (Albuquerque Journal)

Farmers on the Fort Lyon Canal are worried about their water supplies following news that 14,600 acres of farms on the Fort Lyon Canal are being sold, with the price of some land going up to $3,600 an acre. Farmers say that makes it too costly to use the land for growing corn and hay. Pure Cycle Corp.


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