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Does Colorado Need Water-Use Standards Given Impacts of Aridification?

Via Big Pivots, a look at the tension between the fact that agriculture uses the vast majority of water in Colorado, but its cities depend upon Colorado River diversions: Let me give you a precise example of what we?re talking about. An infill housing development took shape a couple of years ago near the Arvada […]

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Lessons Emerge As Seven Thirsty States War Over Colorado River Water

Via The Harvard Gazette, commentary on the Colorado River crisis where the U.S. will decide on apportionment as demand grows due to rising populations in the West and a shrinking supply due to drought: Seven Western states, which include some of the fastest-growing in the nation, get some of their water from the Colorado River. […]

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This Native American Tribe Is Taking Back Its Water

Via Smithsonian Magazine, an article on how – with a new state-of-the-art irrigation project – Arizona?s Pima Indians are transforming their land into what it once was – the granary of the Southwest: Cradling her 4-year-old son, Cowboy, Camille Cabello watches tumbleweeds blow across an emerald green field of newly sprouted alfalfa toward a small […]

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Will Mormons Save The Great Salt Lake?

Via The Washington Post, an interesting look at the convergence of religion, conservation, and water: Overuse of water compounded by a decades-long Western megadrought threatens the survival of Utah?s Great Salt Lake. North America?s largest saline lake has lost 73 percent of its water and 60 percent of its surface area compared with its average […]

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Mono Lake Tribe Seeks To Assert Its Water Rights To Halt Water Diversions To Los Angeles

Via Inside Climate News, a look at efforts by the?Kootzaduka?a to save their wtaer – and their cultural and natural heritage: Against the backdrop of?a severe drought linked with global warming, conservation advocates and Native Americans in California are calling for a temporary emergency stop to all surface water diversions from Mono Lake, contending that […]

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How To Prevent A ?Complete Doomsday? Along The Colorado River

Via The Washington Post, commentary on potential steps to avoid a complete doomsday along the Colorado River: Time is running out for the Colorado River. After more than two decades of drought fueled by?climate change, the once-mighty waterway has seen its flow shrink by more than?20 percent. Lake Mead and Lake Powell, the nation?s largest […]

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