Archive for the ‘Lakes, Rivers, and Water Systems’ Category

Will Colorado River Cuts Create A New Dust Bowl?

Courtesy of The Land Desk, commentary on the impact that the recently agreed upon Colorado River cuts may have: What effect will fallowing thousands of acres of fields have? Will it lead to another Dust Bowl?  Is the electricity from the dams used to deliver water (e.g. to power the pumps for the Central Arizona […]

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Colorado River States: Bought Time But Need To Think Bigger

Via Coyote Gulch, commentary on how Colorado River states bought time with a 3-year water conservation deal, but now they need to think bigger: Arizona, California and Nevada have narrowly averted a regional water crisis by agreeing to reduce their use of Colorado River water over the next three years. This deal represents a temporary solution to a […]

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Once ‘Paradise,’ Parched Colorado Valley Grapples With Arsenic In Water

Via NPR, a report on the link between climate change-driven drought and intensifying levels of heavy metals in drinking water: When John Mestas’ ancestors moved to Colorado over 100 years ago to raise sheep in the San Luis Valley, they “hit paradise,” he says. “There was so much water, they thought it would never end,” […]

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Celebrating The Colorado River Deal, But Focusing On The Future

Courtesy of The Washington Post, commentary on recent Colorado River deal and the need to build upon it going foward: Millions of people across the American West can breathe a sigh of relief this week. On Monday, after months of negotiations, the seven states in the Colorado River Basin announced a deal with the Biden administration on […]

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How Will the Conflict in Sudan Impact Egypt’s Stance over GERD?

Via Al-Awsat, an article on how the conflict in Sudan may impact Egypt’s stance over GERD: The fighting between the Sudanese military and Rapid Support Forces (RSF) has raised concerns that it may affect the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) file as Ethiopia prepares for its fourth filling of the dam on the Nile River. […]

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Breaking Down The”Breakthrough” Colorado River Deal

Via The Land Desk, thoughtful analysis of the “breakthrough” Colorado River deal which likely won’t be enough to save the river system: The News: Arizona, California, and Nevada have come up with a landmark agreement to slash their consumption of Colorado River water by 3 million acre-feet in coming years. The Colorado River and its reservoirs […]

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