Water Policy

June 24, 2015--ProPublica investigates Colorado River water woes (Public News Service)

The investigative journalism group ProPublica has been taking an in-depth look at the water crisis in the West, in a series that is focused on the Colorado River. As part of the series Killing the Colorado, reporter Abrahm Lustgarten spent months interviewing people on all sides of the water-use debate, from farmers in Arizona to city leaders in Las Vegas. What he said he's l


May 14, 2015--US water experts calls for Australian-style water reforms to Colorado River Basin (ABC Rural)

As the Colorado River Basin edges closer to its first ever officially declared shortage, one expert is calling on policy makers to adopt Australian-style water reform to cope with looming shortages. The Colorado River traces a path from the Rocky Mountains in Colorado, through Utah, Arizona, Nevada, and California, before crossing into Mexico. Recently, Washington-based environmental


April 3, 2015--As West struggles with drought, complicated water politics loom (Washington Post)

Throughout the 19th century, Americans flooded to the western United States in search of resources: gold, timber, coal, oil. But the explosive growth of Western states in the 20th Century has taxed what has become the region’s most precious, and increasingly scarce, resource: Water.


March 13, 2015--Club 20 appoints new executive director (Colorado Statesman)

Club 20 was founded in 1953 to enable Western Slope cities, counties and businesses to speak with one voice to the state legislature in Denver. Today, the venerable 62-year-old lobbying organization is being led by one of its youngest executive directors, a former aide to U.S. Rep.


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 10, 2015--GOP challenges Obama over flood risks from climate change (State)

Underscoring the political challenges President Barack Obama faces as he presses ahead to combat climate change, eight Republican senators are contesting the legality of his Jan. 30 directive toughening floodplain standards for new federal projects. In a letter to Obama last week that was coordinated by Mississippi Sen.


February 10, 2015--A human right to water: A wave forward (Huff Post)

World leaders at the Davos World Economic Forum last month identified the scarcity of water as the leading threat facing the world over the next decade. Roughly 750 million people around the world lack access to clean water. In addition, more than 300 million people die each year from diseases related to unsafe water.


February 3, 2015--CRS Report: 'Water Resource Issues in the 114th Congress' (Water Wired)

The 114th Congress faces many water resource development, management, and protection issues.


February 2, 2015--No Water, no growth: Are water-neutral growth policies the key to building sustainable communities? (Water Currents)

We’re accustomed to waiting in lines for a football game, to buy movie tickets or perhaps to get a seat in the most coveted professor’s class. But what if we had to wait in line to move? What if we had to be granted access to a city where we found a great new job or the family dream home we always wanted?


December 27, 2014--Water source for almonds in California may run dry (New York Times)

California’s almond orchards have been thriving over the past decade and now provide an $11 billion annual boost to the state economy. Covering 860,000 acres, they account for 80 percent of world production.


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