Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016

Giving life

Colorado River delta ecosystem begins to recover

Circle of Blue

Circle of Blue

On March 23, 2014, the gates were opened wide at Morelos Dam on the U.S.-Mexico border near Yuma, Ariz. For the next eight weeks, water pitched into the dry bed of the Colorado River, wetting its delta like the spring floods that coursed through braided channels before the river was dammed. Authorities called it a pulse flow. River communities in Mexico called it a blessing. Scientists can now back the sentiment with data.

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How fracking impacts water-stressed regions

EcoWatch

Among the myriad impacts of fracking is stress on water supply. To recover the natural gas unevenly distributed throughout the shale formation, the hydraulic fracturing process blasts large volumes of water, fine sand and chemicals into the ground to crack open the formations. Weld County, Colo.'s nearly 7,000 fracking wells used 16 billion gallons of water over the past five years, more than any other county in the United States, according to new research.

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WRF leads, develops paper on water-energy nexus

Water Research Foundation

The Water Research Foundation has directed a collaborative effort with the water sector to present the Department of Energy with research and policy recommendations. The resulting white paper is intended to be used as the DOE transitions between administrations.

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