Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018

Big unknowns

What legal marijuana means for water in the West

Sustainable cannabis farmer Dylan Turner applies fertilizer to a crop of plants at Sunboldt Farms, a small family farm run by Sunshine and Eric Johnston in Humboldt County. ROBERT GAUTHIER / Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

Water Deeply

Six western states now allow recreational use of marijuana, creating a huge new legal market for cannabis farmers. But the implications for water supplies remain a big unknown. Even now, no state regulators can answer a basic question about marijuana cultivation: How much water will this new industry consume?


The West may never look the same after wildfires

San Francisco Chronicle

As hotter and bigger fires blaze through the West and yet another year passes with a disastrous toll, America’s wildlands are having a harder time bouncing back. Some spots, from the singed valleys of Wine Country to the slopes of the Sierra, may never look the same.


Interior chief dissolves Klamath water agreement

Herald and News

An agreement created in 2014 that was contingent on the former Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement has been dissolved. U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke issued a negative notice, effective Dec. 28, essentially the final step in terminating the agreement between irrigators, landowners and Klamath Tribes.