Archive - Feb 2015

February 27th

February 27, 2015--Top official delivers bleak forecast for Lake Mead (Las Vegas Review Journal)

Nevada faces “significant possibilities” of water shortages if drought on the Colorado River persists into the next two years, according to an ominous forecast delivered Wednesday by a top government official.


February 26th

February 26, 2015--Supreme Court sides with Kansas in water dispute (ABC News)

The Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered Nebraska to pay Kansas $5.5 million in a long-running legal dispute over use of water from the Republican River. The justices also gave Nebraska some of what it asked for and ordered changes to the formula for measuring water consumption. Nebraska argued that the formula was unfair.


February 26, 2015--Central Texas drought is worst on record (Circle of Blue)

On February 18, the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) in Texas, a water supplier to power plants and farms, and to Austin, the fast-growing capital, announced that the deep drought that has gripped the state’s Colorado River watershed since 2008 is the worst on record.


February 26, 2015--California has entered fourth year of drought, water experts say (San Gabriel Valley Tribune)

State water officials are preparing for the fourth straight year of drought and are readying more restrictive water conservation measures under an extension of the governor’s water emergency plan.


February 25th

February 25, 2015--Final results of river pollutant study to be presented (Four Corners News)

The final results from a study of contaminants in the San Juan and Animas rivers will be presented at San Juan College on Thursday. A preliminary analysis of study samples found high levels of bacteria associated with human waste in both rivers.


February 25, 2015--Wetlands loss greater than any other ecosystem (Tucson News Now)

A wetland is land that is covered/saturated with water, permanently or seasonally. It usually has plants and animals not seen anywhere else that require a lot of water with areas of land as well. This ecosystem is vital to earth but is diminishing at an alarming rate. According to WWF's Living Planet Report 64 percent of wetlands have disappeared since the year 1900.


February 25, 2015--Corruption, Climate Could Trigger Water Wars: UN Report (Environmental News Network)

Cleaning up widespread corruption in the water supply industry is crucial to avert looming water conflicts born of desperation, warns a new United Nations report based on case studies in 10 countries.  “In many places … corruption is resulting in the hemorrhaging of precious financial resources,” siphoning an estimated 30 percent of funds earmarked for water and sanitati


February 25, 2015--New hope for beetle-killed landscapes (High Country News)

From the air, they look like brittle, dead landscapes: millions of acres of scratchy brown pipe cleaners and toothpick logs. Since the 1990s, naturally-occurring bark beetles have multiplied under the effects of drought, climate change and fire-repressed forests, leading to outbreaks that have ravaged forests and left land managers scrambling to deal with a glut of dead trees.


February 25, 2015--São Paulo--anatomy of a failing megacity: Residents struggle as water taps run dry (Guardian)

In São Paulo, drinking water is used flush toilets, bathe and, until very recently, to wash cars and even hose down city pavements, as porters use jets of crystalline water to shift those last specks of grime. In Brazil, a land of immense natural riches and home to around 12% of the world’s fresh water, the very idea of a water shortage is hard for people to conceive of.


February 25, 2015--Cheap water in Arizona could hide big costs for business (Phoenix Business Journal)

Phoenix and Arizona may pride itself for the low cost of doing business, but a new report says the cost of at least one substance vital to businesses — water — is artificially low. In a Feb.