Not your average California drought…

California water districts to get 0% of requested supplies in unprecedented decision

Lake Oroville in August [2021]. Water levels remain low, about half what they usually are at this time of year. Photograph: Ethan Swope/AP

California water districts to get 0% of requested supplies in unprecedented decision

Only water required for health and safety will be allowed as drought continues to grip the state

Water agencies in drought-stricken California that serve 27 million residents and 750,000 acres of farmland won’t get any … [more…]

Agribusiness focuses on drought, not climate change

photo: irrigated crops in Arizona farmlands

Arizona Capitol Times

You will never hear the words “water crisis” said aloud in the in the chambers of the Arizona Legislature, Salt River Project, or Central Arizona Project. The fact the reservoirs on the Colorado River, which store irrigation water for our farms, have hit their lowest levels has not prompted our state’s Department of Agriculture, nor Farm Bureau to say the word “crisis” in public.

Just five years … [more…]

Drought: California farms destroy crops rather than pay for water

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Photo: Stuart Woolf stands near piles of almond tree wood chips that will get spread out on the his ranch. Caroline Champlin

When Stuart Woolf was growing up on his dad’s ranch in Huron, California, he never liked working the tomato harvest.

“I thought, ‘I am never going to do this.’ Everything was kind of wet, hot and stinky,” Woolf said.

These days, though, now as president of the 20,000-acre … [more…]

Colorado basin drought sparks water limits at huge US reservoir

Colorado basin drought sparks water limits at huge US reservoir

The level of Lake Mead – as seen in July 2021 from Boulder City, Nevada – has been steadily declining due to a chronic drought.

A huge reservoir that supplies water to tens of millions of people in the Western United States is at such low levels that populations it feeds must reduce their usage next year, the government said Monday.

A chronic drought has left huge swathes of the … [more…]

Over 3 Million Gallons of Lifesaving Water to Be Delivered to Wildlife in Arizona

Over 3 Million Gallons of Lifesaving Water to Be Delivered to Wildlife in Arizona

Photo Credit: Wikimedia/katsrcool

The Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) will soon deliver nearly 3 million gallons of life-saving water to some of the state’s most vulnerable residents — herds of elk, bighorn sheep, bison, and other animals — as already severe drought conditions intensify.

The department plans to carry the unprecedented amount of water this year to 3,000 water catchment sites, or man-made watering holes that can hold between … [more…]