User: flenvcenter Topic: Water-Regional
Category: Resource Management :: Conservation
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Utah on track for one of snowiest winters in decades 4.2.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Heavy snow storms in January could make this winter one of the wettest in recent history, but whether all that snow makes it to Utah reservoirs by summer depends on whether the cool, wet trend sticks around through spring. Snowpack across the state is averaging 167 percent of normal, according to the February Utah Water Supply Outlook Report from the Natural Resource Conservation Service. The driest spot in the state, the Escalante River Basin, has 132 percent of the snow it usually accumulates...
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Trump’s pick for USDA head mixed on climate change 27.1.2017 High Country News Most Recent
Sonny Perdue’s history shows interest in conservation and big business interests.
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Tools for the wannabe Western weather prognosticator 20.1.2017 High Country News Most Recent
The five best resources for understanding the region’s wacky weather.
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California’s recent rains won’t fix its other, very big problem 19.1.2017 High Country News Most Recent
Even in wet years, farmers use too much water — and the Central Valley is sinking.
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Officials: More than 40 percent of California out of drought 13.1.2017 Denver Post: National News Headlines
Powerful storms sent thousands of people fleeing from flooding rivers in the north, unleashed burbling waterfalls in southern deserts, and doubled the vital snowpack in the Sierra Nevada in little more than a week.
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Lynx caught on video walking across Colorado ski slope found dead 10.1.2017 Denver Post: Local
A rare Colorado lynx that became internet-famous when skiers captured video of it walking casually across a run at Purgatory Resort has been found dead, state wildlife officials said Monday.
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Utah's snowpack above normal -- but switch to rain this weekend could lead to flooding 7.1.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Utah already has about half of the snow it needs to end the current drought this coming spring, with three months of snow accumulation to go. But that’s the catch, said Randy Julander, Utah Snow Survey supervisor for the Natural Resources Conservation Service — with months to go before spring runoff season begins, anything can happen. And the more immediate concern: Anticipated warmer weather this weekend could lead to flooding. The incoming warm system is expected to produce rain, rather than s... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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The next administration must protect the Colorado River basin 7.1.2017 Denver Post: Opinion
The Colorado River Future Project recently spoke with water leaders to inform recommendations to the incoming administration concerning the issues that must be addressed.
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How to care for your houseplants in the winter and properly recycle that Christmas tree 6.1.2017 Denver Post: Lifestyles
January is the official beginning of the new gardening season.
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Severe Bolivian drought threatens capital 4.1.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Caracollo, Bolivia • Last year, the flowering quinoa plants painted Florencio Tola’s farmlands in vibrant sepia and ochre tones. But this season, all that could be seen was the straw color of dried-out stalks that never germinated amid Bolivia’s worst drought in 30 years. Nearby a collection of scrawny cows, with their ribs protruding and flaccid udders, grazed on what little vegetation could be found on the sere ground. “It’s as if I had never sown anything,” said Tola, 60, who like thousands o...
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California snowpack surveyed as indicator of drought 3.1.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Fresno, Calif. • Surveyors will plunge poles into the Sierra Nevada snowpack near Lake Tahoe on Tuesday, taking the season’s first measurement by hand of the snow’s water content as California flirts with a sixth year of drought. What they find in the snowpack between now and April 1 will guide state water managers in the nation’s most populous state that also leads in production of farming. Electronic monitors in late December showed the snowpack’s water content at just 72 percent of normal des...
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Colorado facing growth boom, droughts launches $25 million push to save streams 11.12.2016 Denver Post: Outdoors
Colorado officials want $25 million to create stream protection plans in every corner of the state, trying to save watersheds increasingly imperiled by industry, droughts and more people siphoning water.
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Southern plagues: Drought, flood, fire and now killer storms 30.11.2016 Denver Post: National News Headlines
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Tornadoes that dropped out of the night sky killed five people in two states and injured at least a dozen more early Wednesday, adding to a seemingly biblical onslaught of drought, flood and fire plaguing the South.
Dreams of dust 25.11.2016 High Country News Most Recent
How Central Valley communities are coping with prolonged water shortages.
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Community Agriculture Alliance: Every drop counts 18.11.2016 Steamboat Pilot
It may be no surprise that agriculture is the nation’s thirstiest industry; simply put, it takes water to grow food and fiber. Rising demands from competing water users in the municipal and industrial sector, paired with a growing population, puts strain on balancing the water budget and adds pressure to agriculture’s share of water rights. In addition to competing sectors, prolonged drought and interstate legal obligations are forcing water users to conserve this vital, limited resource. The good news is, some Colorado growers and agricultural producers are taking a proactive approach to water scarcity by adopting farming practices that use less water. In Routt County, ag producers are conserving water by implementing innovative irrigation techniques that increase their water use efficiency, keeping better records of water use by installing measuring devices and installing closed pipelines to convey water through leaking or eroding irrigation ditches. Routt County is also home to landowners who are ...
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Steamboat briefs: YVSC scheduled to host weatherization clinic 15.11.2016 Steamboat Pilot
Yampa Valley Sustainability Council is offering a free home weatherization clinic from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15 at Strawberry Park Elementary School, 39620 Amethyst St. Participants will learn affordable steps to make homes more energy efficient and comfortable this winter. The event will include information sessions about a variety of weatherization measures, including installing quick-fix items, such as hot water heater wraps and programmable thermostats; converting to air-tight canned lights and LED tubes; and air sealing around windows, doors, crawlspaces and attics. Free LED lightbulbs, free Energy Saver booklets, energy efficiency giveaways and affordable radon kits will also be available for participants. For more information, visit yvsc.org . Photographer to hold community conversation Bud Werner Memorial Library and Yampa Valley Photographers Club present a conversation about craft, entrepreneurship and adventure with National Geographic photographer Jim Richardson at 6:30 p.m. ...
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As climate heats up, Arizona confident in water-conservation efforts 9.11.2016 azcentral.com | news
WASHINGTON – Some parts of southwest Arizona could experience more than 140 days of temperatures above 100 degrees within 20 years, according to a climate change model from the Environmental Protection ...
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A roundup of the high-stakes climate races 8.11.2016 High Country News Most Recent
For the climate-interested voter, these are the Western races to watch on Tuesday.
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Drought not seriously hurting Christmas tree growers 3.11.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Hartford, Conn. • New England Christmas tree growers say the region’s drought is having only minor effects on their crop. The losses were confined mostly to seedlings planted in the spring, said Jim Horst, executive director of the New Hampshire-Vermont Christmas Tree Association. Unlike mature trees, those planted this year do not have established root systems, experts said. Horst, who farms in Bennington, Vermont, says he plants 6,000-7,000 trees a year and normally loses 1 or 2 percent of the...
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In California, a $350M experiment over lawns 31.10.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Santa Rosa, Calif. • California water agencies that spent more than $350 million in the last two years of drought to pay property owners to rip out water-slurping lawns are now trying to answer whether the nation’s biggest lawn removal experiment was all worth the cost. Around the state, water experts and water-district employees are employing satellite images, infrared aerial photos, neighborhood drive-bys and complex algorithms to gauge just how much grassy turf was removed. They also want to ... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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