As Residents Return, The Wildfire-Struck Town Of Paradise Struggles To Provide Clean Water

photo: flames from Paradise, California's Camp Fire

The town of Paradise is still a disaster zone with only six percent of the debris from last year’s destructive Camp Fire hauled away, but more and more residents are returning to their homes as the government braces for the challenges facing them now and in the future, according to National Public Radio.

The Camp Fire was the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California history, leaving large patches of … [more…]

What drought? These states are gearing up to draw more water from the Colorado.

photo: the Colorado River

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Wyoming wants to modify the Fontenelle Dam so it can use an extra 80,000 acre-feet of water from a tributary of the once-mighty Colorado River. At its headwaters, Denver Water hopes to expand a reservoir’s capacity by 77,000 acre-feet of water. And several hundred miles south, Utah is trying to build a pipeline that can funnel another 86,000 acre-feet out of the river.

There … [more…]

How the 2019 winter washed away California’s drought

How the 2019 winter washed away California's drought

Photo: Aerial view of snow-capped Sierra Nevada mountains. Credit: NOAA

Monday, March 25th 2019, 11:47 am – Every major reservoir in the state is above historic revels, and there are some that are completely full

Last week marked the first time since December 2011 that California has been free of drought conditions, breaking a 376-week streak.

Only some reservoirs in the far northern edge of the state, along the Oregon … [more…]

Who keeps buying California’s scarce water? Saudi Arabia

Who keeps buying California's scarce water? Saudi Arabia

Saudi-based Almarai owns 15,000 acres of an irrigated valley – but what business does a foreign food production company have drawing resources from a US desert?

Four hours east of Los Angeles, in a drought-stricken area of a drought-afflicted state, is a small town called Blythe where alfalfa is king. More than half of the town’s 94,000 acres are bushy blue-green fields growing the crop.

Massive industrial storehouses line the … [more…]

It’s time for California to let some of its thirsty farmland go

It’s time for California to let some of its thirsty farmland go

Some half a million acres of the most productive agricultural region on the planet — California’s San Joaquin Valley — will have to fall fallow, a new report says. There just isn’t enough water.

Farmers have been using so much water that wells have run dry and the ground has sunk as much as 28 feet in places. So California passed a law back in 2014 to stop its overdraft … [more…]