Thursday, March 17, 2016

S. Platte storage

Bill in Colo. Legislature would analyze water lost to Neb.

Durango Herald

Durango Herald

Colorado lawmakers this week navigated the choppy currents of water policy, including one effort to study storage in the South Platte River basin. Republican Rep. J. Paul Brown of Ignacio sponsored a bill that, if passed, would require the Colorado Water Conservation Board to examine the amount of water that has been delivered over 20 years to Nebraska from the river in excess of the amount allowed under the South Platte River agreement.

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The U.S.’s new earthquake capital: Oklahoma

Time Magazine

Oklahoma used to be a seismic afterthought, a place with so few earthquakes that in the 1990s it was one of three locations where the Soviets were allowed to monitor American nuclear testing. Today, however, Oklahoma is one of the most seismic places on the planet. In 2015, the state had 907 earthquakes that were 3-magnitude or greater compared with just one in 2007.

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Climate change could hasten groundwater seepage

Arizona Daily Sun

High in the Rocky Mountains, at the headwaters of the Colorado River, Shemin Ge is studying water that flows at times when it shouldn’t. More specifically, Ge, a geological science professor at the University of Colorado, is looking at subsurface water flows that are trickling into streams during late fall and winter — times when the ground should be frozen and water flowing beneath it nonexistent.

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