Monday, June 12, 2017

Crisis, explained

2 paths for long-term fixes at the shrinking Salton Sea

Birds nest and take flight near branches and a chair left behind in the water as the sun rises over the Salton Sea. JAY CALDERON / Desert Sun

Desert Sun

Palm Springs Desert Sun

The Salton Sea is a disaster in slow motion. California's largest lake is drying up and has been shrinking for years, its dry lakebed spewing toxic dust into the air. As state officials struggle to decide on long-term fixes for the receding lake, there's new momentum around an old idea: importing seawater from Mexico's Sea of Cortez, and using the area's plentiful geothermal power to desalinate that water.


Water pros gather in Philly to forge a better world

AWWA & Philadelphia Inquirer

The 136th American Water Works Association Annual Conference & Exposition (ACE17) began today, bringing an estimated 11,000 water professionals to Philadelphia to confront the many challenges facing the water sector. The conference features more than 420 technical sessions in 14 professional development tracks.


Oregon carves a path for water transfers in West

Water Deeply

Water transfers are an important tool to make the most of limited water supplies, providing legal channels to lease and sell water that may be under-used. Oregon does this better than any other Western state. According to a recent study by Stanford University's Water in the West program, Oregon has approved almost twice as many water transfers as Washington, the next most-active state.