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September 5, 2016--Fed's back off from Lake Mead water demand (Tucson.com)

It sounded too good to be true — an official forecast that 2016 water use in Arizona, California and Nevada will be the lowest since 1992. That forecast from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation was too good to be true — by the bureau’s own admission. It was widely reported recently as a sign of major progress toward conservation.


September 4, 2016--Auction opens window on buy-and-dry practices (Post Independent)

Few things are more valuable to a farmer in the arid West than irrigation water. Without it, the land turns back into its natural state: dry, dusty plains. If a fast-growing city is your neighbor, then your water holds even more value. Farm families in Western states like California and Colorado are increasingly under pressure to sell their water.


September 3, 2016--EPA stabilizes Gold King, faces rising Colorado desire for fish-friendly clean water (Denver Post)

The EPA has stabilized the collapsing mouth of the Gold King Mine, cementing heaps of rock and sediment dug up during mining’s glory days, trying to prevent another blowout and pioneer a solution to the West’s continuing acid metals contamination of coveted water. And as the feds push through this work, they face once-resistant Colorado communities that are increasingly keen on


September 1, 2016--In West Coast visit, President Obama goes after climate change skeptics, praises efforts to restore Lake Tahoe (LA Times)

At a conservation summit on the southern shore of Lake Tahoe, President Obama on Wednesday pointed to the environmental degradation of the lake’s once-crystal-clear waters as proof of the damage caused by climate change and warned of the threat posed by Republican leaders who continue to deny its existence. Obama never named Republican members in Congress or GOP presidentia