Water Shortage

February 2, 2014--California drought prompts unprecedented water conservation efforts (Green)

Amid severe drought conditions, California officials announced Friday they won't send any water from the state's vast reservoir system to local agencies beginning this spring, an unprecedented move that affects drinking water supplies for 25 million people and irrigation for 1 million acres of farmland.

January 2, 2014--Regional plan hopes to hold onto local water for ag, rec and conservation (Crested Butte News)

The Upper Gunnison River Water Conservancy District has been busy developing a plan for future water use in the Gunnison Valley and, at the same time, watching other basins in the state to see where they expect their water to come from.

October 19, 2013--Planning ahead to stave off water shortage (Montrose Daily Press)

The state’s population is expected to double in the next few decades. But its water supply won’t, and in the coming years, the state could find itself up against a call on the 1922 Colorado River Compact for the first time in the compact’s history.

October 17, 2013--Plenty of water, but little to drink (New York Times)

Earth, “the blue planet,” has a lot of water. Most of the planet’s surface is covered with it. But less than 5 percent of that water is fresh, and much of that is locked up in ice sheets or inconveniently far underground.

October 16, 2013--Feds begin Colorado River drought action (Mohave Valley Daily News)

After back-to-back driest years in a century on the Colorado River, federal water managers are giving Arizona and Nevada a 50-50 chance of having water deliveries cut in 2016, reports the Mohave Valley Daily News. A U.S.

July 16, 2013--Experts to testify at Colorado River supply gap Senate hearing (Northern Colorado Business Report)

Two Colorado water experts will testify Tuesday before the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Water and Power to discuss increasing demand on the Colorado River. Reagan Waskom, director of the Colorado Water Institute at Colorado State University, and Taylor Hawes, director of the Nature Conservancy's Colorado River Program in Boulder, will testify on the U.S.

May 27, 2013--Federal, state, tribal Colorado River users to meet in San Diego about water supply concerns (Washington Post)

Top water decision-makers from seven Western states plan to join conservation groups and Indian tribes in San Diego on Tuesday to begin hammering out rules for squeezing every useable drop from the overtaxed Colorado River. The work meeting hosted by federal water managers comes amid dire predictions for the waterway. The U.S.

May 17, 2013--Hickenlooper OKs graywater bill (Northern Colorado Business Report)

Gov. John Hickenlooper this week signed into law a bill allowing homeowners and businesses to reuse bathroom sink, shower and other graywater. Rep. Randy Fischer, D-Fort Collins, and Sen. Gail Schwartz, D-Snowmass Village, introduced House Bill 1044. Hickenlooper signed the bill at Colorado State University on Wednesday.

July 20, 2012--Town’s water supplies running low (Telluride Daily Planet)

On the heels of a severe dry spell that persisted through spring and early summer, July ushered in the summer monsoons, bringing welcome relief with afternoon showers that doused the Telluride region. But recent rains haven’t been heavy enough to undo the depletion of the snowpack in the high basins, and Telluride is starting to see the effects in a dwindling water supply.

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