Archive - 2014

December 26th

December 26, 2014--Drought, population pressures cause Rio Grande basin groundwater drop (Albuquerque First)

The Upper Rio Grande Basin has been struggling with drought for most of the past decade, forcing cities and farmers from southern Colorado to Texas' Hudspeth County to pump water from the ground to make up for the lack of snow and rain, according to an Associated Press report in the Santa Fe New Mexican

December 26, 2014--Colorado Water Plan delivered, key dilemmas remain (Grand Junction Sentinel)

Colorado lurched one more step towards resolving how to satisfy growing demands for water with stable-to-diminishing supplies when Governor Hickenlooper received the first complete draft of a statewide water plan on Dec. 10.

December 24, 2014--US says Mexico not living up to treaty to share water in times of drought (CCTV)

A water treaty signed between the U.S. and Mexico nearly 70 years ago calls for both countries to help each other by sharing in times of water surplus and shortage, but U.S. officials said Mexico isn’t holding up its side of the bargain.

December 23, 2014--U.N. disaster chief warns of more natural catastrophes to come (New York Times)

Margareta Wahlstrom, the United Nations’ top official on natural disasters, will be in Khao Lak on Friday for the anniversary of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami with a message: “Expect events to happen that you have never seen before.

December 23, 2014--Global warming will cut wheat yields, research shows (Guardian)

Global wheat yields are likely to fall significantly as climate change takes hold, new research has shown. The researchers found that wheat production would fall by 6% for every 1C increase in temperatures.

December 23, 2014--What will be the fate of McPhee Reservoir? (Durango Herald)

Montezuma County pushed to take over recreation management of McPhee Reservoir during a meeting with top forest officials Friday in Durango.

December 22, 2014--Research finds potable reuse is the most affordable source of new water (Water and Wastes Digest)

Prolonged and severe droughts and other factors have made water supplies increasingly scarce in California, Texas and many other regions of the U.S., as well as elsewhere around the globe. A viable and affordable solution for many communities is to turn their wastewater into purified drinking water, according to a new WateReuse Research Foundation white paper.

December 22, 2014--Making water conservation pay (Eco Business)

Call it a sign of the times. Rarely a month passes in which a water crisis does not make headlines somewhere in the world. In early August, an algal bloom in Lake Erie, the result of agricultural runoff, contaminated drinking water in Toledo, Ohio.

December 22, 2014--Court upholds cutback in California water drawdown to protect fish (Reuters)

 Federal officials acted properly when they curtailed water extraction from California's Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to protect fish and orca species at the expense of farmers and other water users in central California, a U.S. appeals court ruled on Monday. The unanimous decision by a three-judge panel of the San Francisco-based U.S.

December 21, 2014--Water talks regard a new transmountain diversion in Colorado (Aspen Journal)

A draft seven-point framework that lays out conditions for a potential new transmountain diversion in Colorado was explained Thursday in Grand Junction to the members of four Western Slope water-planning roundtables.