Thursday, Jan. 4, 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 & Grand Junction Daily Sentinel

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 because of the historically illegal nature of the crop. Even now, no state regulators can answer a basic question about marijuana cultivation: How much water will this new industry consume?


Colorado River drought plan stays elusive, for now

KUNC Greeley & H2O Radio

Drought and population growth are forcing tough negotiations about who gets precious Colorado River water and who must cut back. After two years of intrastate bickering, a comprehensive deal is far off and the future of the Southwest hinges on one measurement: How full is Lake Mead? On the other hand, some are pinning their hopes on cloud seeding to boost the Colorado.


Texas, N.M. water war heads to Supreme Court

Texas Standard & SCOTUSblog

On Jan. 8, Texas and New Mexico are headed to the Supreme Court to give their oral arguments in a dispute over an 80-year-old compact involving water from the Rio Grande. Texas claims New Mexico hasn’t been handing over the state’s allocated share of water.