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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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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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?We?re All Headed To A Very Dark Place?: Emails Reveal Tense Colorado River Talks

Via Fortune, a look at the tense Colorado River talks amid the southwest’s megadrought: Competing priorities, outsized demands and the federal government?s retreat from a threatened deadline stymied a deal last summer on how to drastically reduce water use from the parched?Colorado River, emails obtained by The Associated Press show. The documents span the June-to-August […]

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Re-Engineering Glen Canyon Dam

Via Land Desk, an interesting look at options for Glen Canyon Dam: For the last two years or so, federal Bureau of Reclamation officials have been fretting publicly about what might happen to Glen Canyon Dam as water levels continue to drop.?Currently the surface of Lake Powell is perilously close to the penstocks, or the […]

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