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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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Dozens of Colorado Farmers, Ranchers and One City offer to Cut Colorado River Water Use for $8.7M

Via Colorado Sun, a look at a Colorado River conservation program which aims to keep water in the river system as years of prolonged drought and overuse have threatened the water supply for millions of people by paying cash to those who reduce their water use: Coloradans gunning to join this year’s effort to save […]

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Colorado River Rescue Plan: North vs. South in the West

Via The Desert Sun, a look at the status of the Colorado River rescue plan: Will seven Western states be able to rapidly craft a voluntary plan to keep the Colorado River afloat for decades to come? It’s increasingly unclear, as negotiations have foundered between two sides, according to key players.  There are sharp differences […]

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