Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Rethinking water

Drought sends water agency back to the drawing board

Officials from the Bureau of Reclamation and the Department of the Interior took in the view of new construction at the Folsom Dam, where water levels have been dropping. JIM WILSON / The New York Times

New York Times

New York Times

For nearly a century, a vast network of dams, reservoirs and aqueducts has captured water as it flows down from the Sierra Nevada. But as the snow disappears, experts say the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation must completely rebuild a 20th century infrastructure so that it can efficiently conserve and distribute water in a 21st century warming world.

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Apps help farmers with efficiency during drought

Capital Public Radio

As the drought continues and the weather heats up, California farmers are grappling with how to allocate dwindling water supplies. Smartphone or tablet apps can help with water efficiency, and a growing number of apps can help farmers monitor equipment, track labor and manage farms remotely.

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State drought's impact on electricity generation

High Country News

The most obvious link between water and energy, and between climate and electricity generation, is found at the West's numerous hydroelectric generation stations, and California — deep in a nasty drought — is feeling that link in a painful way.

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