Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017

Water war

Who controls the water? Arizona agencies slug it out

The Hoover Dam holds back water on the Colorado River to form Lake Mead, an important supply of water to Southern California, Nevada and Arizona. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times 2015)

L.A. Times

Arizona Daily Star & Silver City Press

An internal turf war over Tucson and Phoenix's growing thirst pits the Arizona Department of Water Resources against the agency operating the Central Arizona Project. The agencies are jockeying over a series of issues, many pointing to who controls the state’s most precious resource — and the population growth and jobs it can support. But the conflict also cuts to the heart of how Colorado River water, the lifeblood of the West, will be managed.


Draining Lake Powell was 'ludicrous' until now

E&E News & Glen Canyon Institute

Fill Mead First was a Glen Canyon Dam thought exercise when put forward two decades ago by environmentalists. However, with the growing acknowledgement that neither Lake Mead nor its sister, Utah's Lake Powell, have been filled anywhere close to capacity since 2000 — and that climate change will stress water resources along the Colorado River — the proposal is inching its way forward.


These oilmen say fracking may harm groundwater

E&E News & MRT Magazine

It's no longer just environmentalists who suspect hydraulic fracturing is contaminating groundwater. Oil companies in Oklahoma have raised that prospect as they complain about the practices of their larger brethren. They say hundreds of their wells have been flooded by high-pressure fracturing of horizontal wells that blast fluid a mile or more underground. Some of those "frack hits," they suspect, have reached groundwater.