Lake Oroville in August . 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…]
Water in the San Luis reservoir, which was constructed as a storage reservoir in California’s Central Valley. Groundwater in this region may never be able to recover from past and future droughts, according to new research published in Water Resources Research. Credit: Fredrick Lee
Groundwater in California’s Central Valley is at risk of being depleted by pumping too much water during and after droughts, according to a new study … [more…]
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…]
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…]
The number of people exposed to water stress could double by 2050 if efforts are not made to keep global warming below 2C above pre-industrial levels and future population growth is high, a study finds.
This means an additional 380 million people could face water stress by mid-century, when compared to the number in 2010.
Even if the world does meet the Paris Agreement’s temperature target of limiting warming to … [more…]