Friday, April 7, 2017

Best in the West

Colorado tops regional water rights transfer rankings

Stanford University

Stanford University

A new report from Stanford's Water in the West program assesses progress among states in the Colorado River Basin with respect to water rights transfers, a legal tool that enables water rights holders to voluntarily transfer their water to benefit the environment and potentially generate revenue. Colorado scored highest because of its relatively robust framework for authorizing and approving water rights transfers.

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Study: Extreme weather harms water quality

UPI

Extreme changes in weather will lead to deterioration in the quality of drinking water, Kansas University researchers say in a report. The findings, published in the journal Biogeochemistry, indicate that "whiplash weather," in which weather veers from drought to flood, for example, will lead to changes in farm production, with particular concern about how it will affect fertilizer use.

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Water shortages expected in New Mexico

Associated Press

In all but one corner of New Mexico, water managers are projecting shortages in drinking and irrigation supplies given expected demand and variability in rainfall over the next few decades. Officials have spent the past three years crunching numbers and analyzing data to help create a collection of plans that identify possible solutions.

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