Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014

2020 vision

Parched states take steps to bolster Lake Mead levels

To help the Colorado, federal authorities this year will for the first time reduce the water flow into Lake Mead, the nation's largest reservoir, created by Hoover Dam. JIM WILSON/The New York Times

New York Times

New York Times

With a 14-year drought in the Colorado River basin showing few signs of ending, states along the river's path are taking new steps this month to ensure that Lake Mead — the reservoir that is the water source for much of the Southwest — does not fail them. Officials from water agencies in Arizona, California and Nevada signed an agreement last week to jointly add as much as 3 million acre-feet of water to Lake Mead by 2020.

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State solicits public's help dealing with shortage

Riverside Press-Enterprise

California is gearing up for Drought 2015, which could include restrictions on indoor water use, tighter outdoor controls and changing rate structures. The State Water Board took suggestions Wednesday during a six-hour workshop in Los Angeles. Industry experts and members of the public offered ideas to wring more savings beyond current conservation measures.

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Increased price tag puts L.A. River project in doubt

KCET Los Angeles

Mayor Eric Garcetti may have tenaciously gathered all the troops last May to secure the support for the game-changing $1 billion proposal to revitalize an 11-mile stretch of the Los Angeles River, but it now appears that the mayor may also need to open the city's pocketbooks further to realize this ambitious project.

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