California’s Key Step Toward Sustainable Groundwater Management

THIS JUST IN … California Marks Key Step Toward Achieving Sustainable Groundwater Management

Image: logo of California’s Department of Water Resources (DWR)

Critically overdrafted groundwater basins are required to submit groundwater sustainability plans to the state by January 31, 2020 that outline how the basins will reach sustainability over the next 20 years

Local agencies representing 19 of the state’s most stressed groundwater basins are required to submit plans to the state by midnight tonight on how they will manage their basins to … [more…]

Idaho on pace to set aquifer recharge record during 2017-18 season

Idaho on pace to set aquifer recharge record during 2017-18 season

Storage water is recharged this fall into New Sweden Irrigation District’s reservoir. Through the first part of December, the Idaho Department of Water Resources is on pace to recharge a record amount of water into the Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer in Southern Idaho.

BOISE — The Idaho Water Resource Board recharged a record amount of water into the Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer during the 2016–2017 recharge season and is on

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Idaho on pace to set aquifer recharge record during 2017–18 season

Idaho on pace to set aquifer recharge record during 2017-18 season

Photo: Storage water is recharged this fall into New Sweden Irrigation District’s reservoir. Through the first part of December, the Idaho Department of Water Resources is on pace to recharge a record amount of water into the Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer in Southern Idaho. COURTESY IDAHO DEPARTMENT OF WATER RESOURCES

The Idaho Water Resource Board recharged a record amount of water into the Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer during the 2016–2017 … [more…]

Drought-declaration judgment day in Arizona

Drought-declaration judgment day

Weather-wise, it is one of the most anticipated events of the fall season. Will they? Or… won’t they? Will the Governor’s Drought Interagency Coordinating Group recommend to Governor Ducey that he add the approaching “water year” to the State’s lengthy string of official drought years? Or will the panel recommend that the official dry spell designation end in Arizona, thus following in the footsteps of California, where that state’s drought

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Who controls the water? Arizona agencies slug it out

photo: Hoover Dam forms Lake Mead. Who controls the water? Arizona agencies slug it out

The Hoover Dam holds back water on the Colorado River to form Lake Mead, an important supply of water to Southern California, Nevada and Arizona. Photo: Irfan Khan, Los Angeles Times 2015

The turf war pits the Arizona Department of Water Resources, which manages water issues statewide, against the agency operating the Central Arizona Project, the 336-mile-long canal that brings Colorado River water to Tucson and Phoenix. The proceedings are

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