Thursday, June 15, 2017

Who pays?

As water infrastructure at facilities age and public funding declines, private companies may step in

Reclamation seeks information on water infrastructure alternative financing and public-private partnerships. USBR


High Country News

Private investment in public works isn't a new idea. President Obama launched an initiative for public-private partnerships to boost infrastructure financing. President Trump is calling for more such collaborations — and even outright privatization — to shore up the nation's aging water systems. The Bureau of Reclamation is considering private investment as a possible solution, with these Western projects as top candidates.


Phoenix approves historic Colorado River pact

AZ Business Magazine & The Conversation

The Phoenix City Council unanimously approved a water-conservation agreement with the Gila River Indian Community and federal agencies Tuesday, finalizing a plan that will help stretch supplies on the Colorado River. To stem falling water levels, the Gila River Indian Community will leave 40,000 acre-feet of its river allocation in Lake Mead. In exchange, Phoenix, Arizona and Bureau of Reclamation will each pay the tribe $2 million.


Mapping climate change on the Colorado Plateau

Deseret News & USGS

Researchers are working on a mapping project that will chronicle climate change, population growth, oil drilling and other factors in an area that stretches across Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah. The research team from Northern Arizona University and the U.S. Geological Survey found that Flagstaff is among several areas considered a hotspot in the Colorado Plateau where high intensity land use overlaps with some of these factors.