Efficiency

March 20, 2015--UN warns world could have 40 percent water shortfall by 2030 (ABC News)

The world could suffer a 40 percent shortfall in water in just 15 years unless countries dramatically change their use of the resource, a U.N. report warned Friday. Many underground water reserves are already running low, while rainfall patterns are predicted to become more erratic with climate change.


February 13, 2015--Return of the Dust Bowl? Climate change study highlights how West must adapt (Christian Science Monitor)

A prolonged period of Dust Bowl-like conditions in the second half of this century could severely test strides made toward conserving scarce water supplies in the Western United States and central Plains, according to a new study.


February 8, 2015--Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announces nearly $20 million for California’s Central Valley for Western Drought Response Project (Sierra Times)

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today announced that the Bureau of Reclamation is making $50 million in funds available immediately for drought relief projects throughout the West —including nearly $20 million for California’s Central Valley Project.


February 8, 2015--Water plan must focus on conservation, not diversion (Post Independent)

Until 50 years ago, dams and water diversions were seen by many as symbols of progress, ingenuity and man’s triumph over nature. By 1970 we had built 100,000 dams in rivers and creeks across the country, and their negative impacts — on fish, wildlife, wetlands, recreation and communities — were becoming increasingly visible.


January 20, 2015--Not a water cure-all, but definitely the right steps (Arizona Central)

Water conservation in an age of drought can take a lot of forms, one of which is returning watersheds and forests to a more traditionally natural condition — a condition that sucks up a lot less water. That is part of the thinking behind conservation projects proposed to repair habitat along the Verde and Colorado rivers, which should improve the flow of water in the Colorado


January 17, 2015--US farmers fighting drought may have hope yet (Nature World News)

US Farmers that are currently fighting ongoing drought, particularly in California, may have hope yet thanks to one man's ingenious invention. Jon Dewey has developed several water devices for growing and gardening, including his Patented WaterStick that allows farmers to grow more food using 75 percent less water.


January 16, 2015--Federal grant money flows to West Slope water projects (Grand Junction Sentinel)

Nearly $10 million in federal funding will go to boost water efficiency in the Gunnison Basin and boost the generation of electricity from irrigation systems.


Study: US Using Less Water

A study by local, state, and federal officials tracking water use has found that levels have dropped to those of at least 40 years ago. "This is the first time we've seen this large a decline nationally," said Molly Maupin, a hydrologist with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and lead author of the study, Estimated Use of Water in the United States in 2010.

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