Archive - Feb 2014


February 27th

February 27, 2014--USDA announces new grants for meeting water challenges (Greeley Tribune)

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced this week that the U.S. Department of Agriculture will make $6 million in grants available this year and up to $30 million total over the next five years as part of a new initiative to provide solutions to agricultural water challenges.

February 27, 2014--Pacific Institute's Peter Gleick testifies on urban water use efficiency in the face of drought for the California State Water Resources Control Board (Water Online)

Dr. Peter Gleick, president of the Pacific Institute and one of the world’s leading experts on freshwater issues, testified recently on strategies for addressing the California drought to the California State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB).

February 27, 2014--Water: Teaching about the world’s most valuable substance (New York Times)

We travel on it, feed it to our crops, swim in it, pollute it and, yes, drink it. In some parts of the world, countries even fight over it. Water is everywhere, and yet in many places there’s not nearly enough of it to go around. In this interdisciplinary lesson, we explore some of the ways in which humanity is learning to cope with shortages or threats to this vital element of life.

February 26th

February 26, 2014--Reservoirs are above average but water efficiency is still important (9 News)

Every week the snowpack is doing better and better with each storm contributing from a couple of inches to a feet of snow at a time. The statewide snowpack in the last two weeks has jumped up 7 percent from 108 percent of average to 115 percent of average.

February 26, 2014--Western Slope vulnerable to drought (Vail Daily)

A looming water shortage for Front Range cities is largely driving current efforts to develop a Colorado Water Plan, but that doesn’t mean that towns and cities on the Western Slope are entirely prepared for their own water future.

February 26, 2014--Water declining in western Kansas (Hutchinson News)

Clay Scott is fighting dust. The western Kansas landscape is thirsty. Yet little relief has fallen from the sky. “We’re fighting the drought,” the Grant County farmer said, adding that the little residue he had on his fields is nearly gone.

February 25th

February 25, 2014--Water: How long will the Southwest’s acequias survive? (Summit Voice)

The historic communal irrigation systems known as acequias Southwest are in decline as snowmelt dwindles and water priorities shift. Social and economic shifts favoring modernism over tradition, are also factors on the decline, according to a new study from Dartmouth College.

February 24, 2014--More quagga mussels found in Lake Powell; Is the Lower Colorado River ecosystem at risk? (Summit Voice)

The battle to keep Lake Powell free of non-native mussels is tilting toward the aquatic invaders and federal resource managers are concerned the invaders may spread into Glen Canyon.

February 23rd

February 23, 2014--Dartmouth study suggests clearcutting and ‘snow farming’ as global warming mitigation (Summit Voice)

Snow farming is nothing new for ski area operators, who have long been cultivating the white stuff to help keep their slopes covered. Now, a recent study by researchers at Darthmouth College suggests that snow farming could also make sense on a larger scale, in the context of climate-change mitigation.

February 23, 2014--Can California avoid a ‘shock to trance’ approach to water policy? (New York Times)

Forecasters predict heavy rains will sweep in from the Pacific Ocean over much of California late next week. The state’s extreme drought will be far from over, but the shift from parched days to downpours illustrates on a short time scale one factor explaining why it’s hard to change deeply ingrained and wasteful approaches to water policy.