United States: Water deficits to diminish in the SW, surpluses ahead for FL

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United States: Water deficits to diminish in the Southwest, surpluses ahead for Florida

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The 12-month forecast indicates severe water deficits in the Northeast, relatively normal conditions in the Appalachian region south to the Gulf, primarily moderate deficits in the interior plains, intense surpluses in the Northern Rockies, and moderate to exceptional deficits in the southern Rockies, Southwest, and West. Severe deficits are forecast for Vermont and Massachusetts, … [more…]

The water war that will decide the fate of 1 in 8 Americans

The water war that will decide the fate of 1 in 8 Americans

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Lake Mead is the country’s biggest reservoir of water. Think of it as the savings account for the entire Southwest. Right now, that savings account is nearly overdrawn.

For generations, we’ve been using too much of the Colorado River, the 300-foot-wide ribbon of water that carved the Grand Canyon, supplies Lake Mead, and serves as the main water source for much of the American West. … [more…]

In water-scarce Southwest, ancient irrigation system disrupts big agriculture

photo: acequias - In the water-scarce Southwest, an ancient irrigation system disrupts big agriculture

Water in the American Southwest has never been abundant. Its availability fluctuates depending on conditions like drought and mountain snowpack that feeds streams and rivers. But experts predict a future of greater extremes: longer and hotter heat waves in the summer, less precipitation, decreased snowpack, and more severe and frequent droughts that will place greater stress on water users.

In New Mexico and Colorado, the “acequia” is more than just

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