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Global warming is already shrinking the Colorado River, the most important waterway in the American Southwest, and it could reduce the flow by more than a third by the end of the century, two scientists say. The river’s volume has dropped more than 19 percent during a drought gripping the region si...
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Posted by on in Clean Water
Last month, state water officials eased conservation mandates in response to slightly above-average winter rain and snow in much of California, leading many to speculate that the state’s long-running drought has tapered off. If only. The El Niño winter that forecasters said could drench the state ...
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Posted by on in Water Conservation
About 38 million people in California, Nevada, Arizona, four other states and Mexico depend on the Colorado River for their water supply. As increased usage and years of drought diminish the river's flow, states are forming strategies to deal with what some experts call peak water--the point at whic...
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Posted by on in Lakes/Rivers/Wetlands
The Environmental Protection Agency took responsibility Friday for inadvertently polluting a Colorado river with 1 million gallons of toxic orange wastewater while trying to clean up an abandoned gold mine. The spill occurred Wednesday morning at a long-closed Gold King Mine near Silverton, Colo., ...
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Posted by on in Water Conservation
In 1922, seven Western states — Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Wyoming and California — drew up an agreement on how to divide the waters of the Colorado River. But there was one big problem with the plan: They overestimated how much water the river could provide. As a result, each sta...
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Posted by on in Mining
The Environmental Protection Agency took responsibility Friday for a massive wastewater spill that contaminated a Colorado river Wednesday, and warned locals to avoid the polluted waters. According to a statement by the agency, an EPA cleanup team accidentally caused the spill while excav...
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Posted by on in Lakes/Rivers/Wetlands
A team of US regulators investigating contamination at a Colorado goldmine accidentally released a million gallons (3.8 million liters) of orange-hued waste water containing sediment and metals into a local river system, the Environmental Protection Agency said on Thursday. The waste wate...
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Posted by on in Lakes/Rivers/Wetlands
As water shortages grip California and the seven state Colorado River basin, many users feel no pain, while some face a complete curtailment. That’s because the water management system is not designed to be either efficient or equitable but consistent and predictable. And it is. As is typ...
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Posted by on in Clean Water
The skinny rings of ancient giant sequoias and foxtail pines hold a lesson that Californians are learning once again this winter: It can get very dry, sometimes for a single parched year, sometimes for withering decades. Drought has settled over the state like a dusty blanket, leaving much of the...
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Posted by on in General Environment
Now that the U.S government has officially shut down, Colorado will be providing the funding the National Guard members who continue to aid in flood relief efforts across the state, Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) announced Tuesday. "The state is going to pay the costs," Hickenlooper said in a Tues...
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Posted by on in Water Conservation
“Water, water everywhere, but not a drop to spare.” As a child, this rhyme along with its alternate versions was a common chant sung at the playground. Not much thought was ever given to the words; it was simply a fun phrase everyone seemed to know. Now, these words carry a much heavier meaning. The...
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Posted by on in Water Conservation
by Brian Clark Howard “Climate is always changing, but from here on out it is definitely changing,” Jonathan Overpeck told the packed room at theAspen Environment Forum in Colorado this past weekend. Overpeck is the director of the Institute for the Environment at the University of Arizona, and an...
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