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Arizona Communities Sink After Saudi Arabia Pumps Water Out of the State

Via The Cool Down, an article on the subsidence impact of an Emirate-owned farm’s water use in Arizona; Arizona took steps to rectify the overuse of water in October, but it is reportedly still dealing with the fallout after years’ worth of groundwater drilling.   The Copper Courier reported in December that residents of Arizona’s McMullen Valley have seen their […]

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Humans Killed Cataract Canyon. It Brought Itself Back to Life

Courtesy of Rolling Stone, a look at how – after damming the Colorado River wiped out a magnificent stretch of rapids for half a century – they are now, incredibly, returning — on their own: THE RIVER CHURNS a muddy brown as it carries us through towering vermilion rock walls toward the roar of Gypsum Canyon […]

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On The Colorado River, There Are No Simple Disputes

Via J. Fleck’s Inkstain, commentary on the foundational disputes that are holding up a new agreement on the Colorado River: One of the commentors to our January 19th, 2024, blog post titled “Are We headed for the First Colorado River Compact Tripwire?” – John C. (who, by-the-way runs a very talented water resources engineering firm) […]

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The Colorado River Is Shrinking: Will Seven States Agree on How To Manage Its Water By March?

Via Phys.org, commentary on whether whether seven states agree on how to manage Colorado River water by March? The seven Colorado River states face a quickly approaching deadline to present a unified plan for how to manage the drying river that provides water for 40 million people across the West. But major disagreements remain ahead […]

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This Arizona Aquifer Is Draining Faster Than All But 2 In U.S.

Via Tuscon.com, an article on the Gila Bend groundwater basin’s rapid decline: The Gila Bend groundwater basin about 125 miles northwest of Tucson has one of the fastest-falling aquifers known on the planet, a new study shows. The aquifer in the Gila Bend Basin — where pumping isn’t regulated — fell faster from 2000 through 2020 than […]

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Feds Deny Permits for Hydro Projects on Navajo Land, Citing Lack of Consultation With Tribes

Via Inside Climate News, a report on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s recent announcement of a new policy requiring that any energy project seeking to build on tribal land must get the tribe’s approval before it will permit the project: Federal officials Thursday denied preliminary permits for multiple pumped storage hydroelectric projects proposed on the […]

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