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As Lake Mead Levels Drop, The West Braces For Bigger Drought Impact : NPR
The Colorado River and its reservoirs make the desert bloom. About 70 percent of all the water in the system goes to growing crops: vegetables, but also alfalfa and cotton. The river and its tributaries also provide the main drinking water for 40 million people. Some of the West's biggest metropolises — Phoenix, Denver, Las Vegas, San Diego — all grew up during what scientists now believe was a wet period, a relative anomaly in the West.
California  drought  USA  Lake  Mead  Lake  Powell  Colorado  River  sustainable  sustainability 
april 2015 by asterisk2a
With Dry Taps and Toilets, California Drought Turns Desperate - NYTimes.com
"For months, families called county and state officials asking what they should do when their water ran out, only to be told that there was no public agency that could help them. CONTINUE READING THE MAIN STORY 433 COMMENTS “Nobody knows where to go, who to talk to: These aren’t people who rely on government to help,” said Donna Johnson, 72, an East Porterville resident whose own well went dry in July. As she began learning that hundreds of her neighbors were also out of water, she used her own money to buy gallons of water, handed them out of her truck and compiled a list of those in need. County officials rely on her list as the most complete snapshot of who needs help; dozens are added each day. “It’s a slow-moving disaster that nobody knows how to handle,” Ms. Johnson said." + https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=8403626 + http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/upshot/mapping-the-spread-of-drought-across-the-us.html
California  drought  water  rights  water  security  drinking  water  water  scarcity  water  supply  Aquifer  Lake  Powell  Lake  Mead  weather  extreme  extreme  weather  climate  change  global  warming  Dust  Bowl  USA  Public  Policy 
october 2014 by asterisk2a
Super-rich make last stand against California drought - Telegraph
"It doesn't matter how much money you have, if you run out of water you're screwed. It's a great leveller. "Gone are the days in California when you could throw water around. This is a desert and people have to realise if we run out of water it's going to return to desert." [...] He trucked water in once but is now drilling his own well instead. Dozens of other Montecito residents have also applied to drill wells, which can cost up to $100,000 – and could eventually cause to the subterranean aquifers beneath their feet to run dry. Mr Nesbitt said: "I'm getting five gallons a minute, eight hours a day out of it at the moment. Not much. Pray for rain, that's the only solution." << Stupid
California  drought  short-term  thinking  short-term  view  Aquifer  global  warming  climate  change  extreme  weather  weather  extreme  Santa  Barbara  Lake  Cachuma  Montecito  water  security  drinking  water  water  scarcity  water  supply  flat  world  natural  resources  resource  depletion  finite  resources  Lake  Powell  Lake  Mead  USA  Consumerism  consumerist  zombie  consumer  status  symbol  status  anxiety  sustainability  sustainable 
september 2014 by asterisk2a
Dürre: Kalifornien spart Wasser und bestraft Verschwender - SPIEGEL ONLINE
_ http://www.spiegel.de/einestages/wasserbauingenieur-william-mulholland-der-gefallene-held-von-los-angeles-a-951205.html || "Some 40 million people – including those in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Tucson and San Diego — and 4 million acres of farmland rely on water from the Colorado River Basin, much of it stored in Lake Mead. [...] “We don’t know exactly how much groundwater we have left, so we don’t know when we’re going to run out,” Castle said in a press release announcing the study. “This is a lot of water to lose. We thought that the picture could be pretty bad, but this was shocking.” [...] By focusing only on the drop in Lake Mead and paying too-little attention to the drop in water levels underground, we have placed the West’s water security in serious jeopardy." - http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2014/07/30/groundwater-depletion-in-colorado-river-basin-adds-big-risks-to-water-security/
water  rights  California  Colorado  River  Colorado  River  Basin  Colorado  Basin  Lake  Mead  Lake  Powell  drought  weather  extreme  extreme  weather  USA  water  security  water  scarcity  water  supply  inefficiencies  marketplace  inefficiencies  marketplace  agriculture  industry  industrial  agriculture  agriculture  policy  Dust  Bowl  Aquifer  Groundwater  Las  Vegas  Ogallala  Aquifer  complexity  unknown  unknowns  unintended  consequences  Public  non-rechargeable  aquifers 
august 2014 by asterisk2a
Grundwasser-Verlust in USA droht Dürre-Folgen zu verschärfen - SPIEGEL ONLINE
https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=878775848816533&id=182633835097408 "New study finds groundwater supply to 40 million people in western states drying up much faster than predicted. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/2014GL061055/abstract Time for them to make the connection to food choice. Over 1 trillion gallons of water are used each year in California alone just to irrigate their 900,000 acres of alfalfa--all going to livestock.
extreme  weather  Colorado  River  Colorado  basin  Colorado  River  Utah  Nevada  California  New  Mexico  Texas  Colorado  Phoenix  agriculture  industry  agriculture  policy  drought  USA  climate  science  climate  system  global  warming  water  security  water  scarcity  water  supply  Aquifer  Lake  Mead  Lake  Powell  inefficiencies  waste  water  waste  food  waste  weather  extreme  weather  system  drinking  water  water  pollution  Dust  Bowl  long-term  thinking  long-term  view  climate  change  San  Francisco  Silicon  Valley  Los  Angeles  San  Diego  Mexico  industrial  agriculture  unintended  consequences  unknown  unknowns  complexity  livestock  farming  Factory  Vegan  omnivore  sustainability  sustainable 
july 2014 by asterisk2a
Dürre in Kalifornien: Geldstrafen für Wasserverschwender - SPIEGEL ONLINE
+ Die anhaltende Dürre hat bereits deutliche Auswirkungen auf die Bauern in Kalifornien. Der Bundesstaat verfügt über die größten Anbauflächen in den USA. Landwirte mussten in diesem Jahr bereits mit rund einem Drittel weniger Wasser als üblich auskommen. Dies geht aus einem Bericht des Center for Watershed Sciences an der University of California, in Davis hervor. Die Forscher um Richard Howitt prognostizieren, dass die Dürre Kosten in Höhe von 2,2 Milliarden Dollar verursachen wird, über 17.000 Arbeitsplätze könnten verloren gehen. ++ http://www.faz.net/aktuell/gesellschaft/duerre-in-den-vereinigten-staaten-kalifornien-sehnt-sich-nach-regen-12775705.html
drought  California  weather  extreme  extreme  weather  global  warming  climate  change  water  security  water  scarcity  water  supply  drinking  water  climate  science  climate  system  USA  Lake  Mead  Lake  Powell  food  security  food  prices  agriculture  industry  agriculture  policy  meltwater  Sierra  Nevada 
july 2014 by asterisk2a
State of Flux
Elephant Butte Reservoir, New Mexico Left: June 1994 - 89% full. Right: July 2013 - only 3% left thanks to drought. Elephant Butte is New Mexico's largest reservoir. It provides water for about 90,000 acres of farmland and nearly half the population of El Paso, Texas. If that doesn’t make you stop and take notice, nothing will.
drought  California  weather  extreme  extreme  weather  climate  change  climate  science  Elephant  Butte  Texas  New  Mexico  Lake  Powell  Lake  Mead  Colorado  River  water  security  water  scarcity  water  supply  global  warming  unintended  consequences  unknown  unknowns  complexity  food  security  food  prices  food  poverty 
june 2014 by asterisk2a
Dürre im Westen der USA: Stausee Lake Powell trocknet aus - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Die aktuelle Dürre sei "beispiellos seit dem Beginn der verlässlichen Aufzeichnungen im Jahr 1895", heißt es im National Climate Assessment, dem offiziellen Klimabericht der US-Regierung, den Präsident Barack Obama Anfang Mai vorstellte. Er verheißt dem Südwesten Ungemach: Das Wasser schwinde weiter, es fehle in Städten, Agrarlandschaften, Ökosystemen, Waldbrände häuften sich. Und das könnte erst der Anfang sein: Wissenschaftler befürchten, dass die Region in frühere Zeiten zurückfallen könnte. Baumring-Analysen haben ergeben, dass das 20. Jahrhundert die niederschlagreichste Periode der vergangenen 1200 Jahre war. Zuvor war es im Westen der USA deutlich trockener als heute. Eine Studie etwa hat gezeigt, dass zwischen den Jahren 850 und 1300 gleich zwei Megadürren herrschten - jede für sich fast 200 Jahre lang. Die größte Befürchtung der Experten ist, das Klima könne nun wieder zu derartigen Verhältnissen zurückkehren.
California  Nevada  Arizona  New  Mexico  Pheonix  Texas  Las  Vegas  drought  weather  extreme  extreme  weather  climate  change  climate  science  weather  system  global  warming  Lake  Mead  Colorado  River  Lake  Powell  USA  agriculture  industry  agriculture  policy  Public  water  security  drinking  water  water  scarcity  water  supply  2014  Wildfire  Los  Angeles  San  Francisco  Silicon  Valley  food  security  food  prices  food  poverty  San  Diego 
may 2014 by asterisk2a
Dwindling Colorado River Forces First-Ever Cuts in Lake Powell Water Releases - weather.com
At their root, the potential water shortages both lakes face is the result of what has happened to the Colorado River over the past decade. Long-running drought across the Southwest has starved the river to its current low flows, and climate change is expected to reduce them by 5 to 20 percent over the next 40 years, University of Colorado geoscientist Brad Udall told Smithsonian Magazine. Its impacts will be felt at each stage of the river's development: less snowfall in the Rocky Mountains will mean less water enters the river at its start, while hotter air temperatures and drier weather will mean longer droughts and more water lost to evaporation.
Las  Vegas  Aquifer  short-term  thinking  globalwarming  Lake  Powell  agriculture  policy  water  scarcity  drinking  water  climatechange  climate  change  drought  Colorado  River  Lake  Mead  water  security  USA  agriculture  industry  watersupply  extreme  weather  global  warming 
august 2013 by asterisk2a
Guest Post: The Coming Water Wars | Zero Hedge
Way before people run out of drinking water, something else happens: When Lake Mead falls below 1,050 feet, the Hoover Dam's turbines shut down – less than four years from now, if the current trend holds – and in Vegas the lights start going out. What Doesn't Stay in Vegas Ominously, these water woes are not confined to Las Vegas. Under contracts signed by President Obama in December 2011, Nevada gets only 23.37% of the electricity generated by the Hoover Dam. The other top recipients: Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (28.53%); state of Arizona (18.95%); city of Los Angeles (15.42%); and Southern California Edison (5.54%). [...] Industrial cultivation is extremely water intensive, with 80% of most US states' water usage going to agriculture – and in some, it's as high as 90%.
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february 2013 by asterisk2a

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