Archive - 2014

December 4th

December 4, 2014--Tribe secures water rights (Mohave Daily News)

A northwestern Arizona tribe has secured water rights to a Colorado River tributary and is hoping to use a federal settlement as a springboard to pursue other claims. A settlement approved this week in Congress gives the Hualapai Tribe hundreds of acre-feet per year from the Bill Williams River watershed.


December 4, 2014--Not enough water for farmers and frackers (Water Online)

A new research report by MSCI Inc. says that in the coming years, there will be a clash between industry and agriculture over water resources. As The Guardian recently put it, "Which would you rather have: lettuce and carrots for your salads, or affordable gasoline for your car?


December 4, 2014--Toledo mayor: US must focus on water quality (Washington Post)

The mayor of Toledo, Ohio, called Wednesday for the federal government to devote full attention to improving water quality in America’s lakes and rivers, describing the toxic algae blooms that tainted his city’s water supply this summer as a danger “doomed to be repeated.” Mayor Michael Collins appeared before the Senate Agriculture Comm


December 4, 2014--Defense act includes Hermosa bill (Durango Herald)

The Hermosa Creek wilderness bill has been included in the National Defense Authorization Act, again raising hopes among supporters that Congress will pass the bill before the session ends. The defense act is one of the few remaining bills Congress is expected to debate this year.


December 3, 2014--Proposed GOP overhaul of California water laws looks dead (San Francisco Gate)

A last-ditch effort by Central Valley Republicans to push an overhaul of federal water policy through Congress during this session met with opposition Wednesday from at least one California senator, all but ensuring that the bill will die until next year. Sen.


December 3, 2014--Mesa Verde ponders mysterious depression (CBS)

Was it a reservoir, a ceremonial plaza, a ball court? Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado is taking a new look at a ruin known as Mummy Lake in hopes of determining how ancient Puebloans used it, The Cortez Journal reported Monday. Archaeologists disagree about the large circular depression lined by sandstone walls.


December 3, 2014--Water at forefront of legislators’ agenda (Montrose Daily Press)

Rural Coloradans need to weigh in once the state’s draft water plan is reviewed and released, Sen. Ellen Roberts told guests of the Montrose Chamber on Tuesday. “Input is critically important.


December 2nd

December 2, 2014--New report shows little hope of reaching 'sustainable population' in next century (Environmental News Network)

According to recent projections, the number of people living on Earth could exceed ten billion by the end of this century. Now, a new study has examined what it would take to reverse that unrelenting growth and achieve a sustainable population that is less threatening to biodiversity, ecosystems, and energy and water resources around the world.


December 2, 2014--Hoover Dam low water to double water costs to SoCal (Cal Watchdog.com)

California is facing yet another drought-caused water and energy shortage from an unexpected source. Hoover Dam’s hydroelectric power may have to be curtailed if the water level drops below 1,000 feet, an elevation it last reached in May 1936, when the reservoir was still being filled.