Harvard University’s endowment is reportedly buying up vineyards in California’s wine country, along with the water rights belonging to those properties.
Instead of making the land purchases in its own name, Harvard is using a wholly owned subsidiary—named Brodiaea after the scientific name for the cluster lily —to buy vineyards. Harvard created Brodiaea in 2012, and by 2015 the unit had already purchased 10,000 acres in Santa Barbara and San … [more…]
Photo: Well drillers for Hydro Resources drill a well near Sublette, Kansas. Photo © Brian Lehmann / Circle of Blue By Brett Walton, Circle of Blue
Drilling deeper not a long-term strategy, authors say.
When a severe drought enveloped California a few years ago and rivers shriveled, farmers in the Central Valley punched wells deeper underground, seeking to tap water reserves that were untouched by aridity on the surface.
In … [more…]
Photo: A groundwater well near Estancia, New Mexico. Credit: Debra Perrone
The U.S. groundwater supply is smaller than originally thought, according to a new research study that includes a University of Arizona hydrologist.
The study provides important insights into the depths of underground fresh and brackish water in some of the most prominent sedimentary basins across the U.S.
The research by scientists from the University of Saskatchewan, the UA and … [more…]
Santa Barbara residents walk the oil-coated shore at Refugio State Beach looking for wildlife to rescue after a ruptured pipeline spilled barrels of crude oil in 2015. A jury returned guilty verdicts Friday against Plains All American Pipeline (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
For the record: An earlier version of this story, published Sept. 7 at 9:25 p.m., contained multiple errors, which have now been corrected. It said that … [more…]
Photo: Workers prepare a desalination plant for service at the Charles Meyer Desalination Facility in Santa Barbara this year. (Jim Gensheimer/Bay Area News Group)
Climate change is all around us. Extreme weather conditions including recent Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria demonstrate the intensity and impact of climate change on our environment. We’ve seen California and other parts of the West Coast fight large, uncontrollable wildfires and our neighbors in Mexico … [more…]