Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016

Inaugural deadline

Trump win puts U.S.-Mexico water talks on fast track

Los Angeles Times


Negotiations between the U.S. and Mexico to seal a water-sharing deal over the dwindling supplies on the Colorado River are confronting a new deadline: the inauguration of Donald Trump. A 16-year drought has sent Lake Mead, the river's most important reservoir, to its lowest levels since the 1930s, threatening supply cuts for 40 million people across seven U.S. states and two Mexican states. It's also raising the stakes for the two countries as they try to hammer out an extension of a four-year-old agreement on how to share the water.


Neb. groundwater protection plan first of its kind

Lincoln Star-Herald

The Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality and Nebraska’s Natural Resources Districts are proceeding with the EPA's Bazile Groundwater Management Area plan, the first groundwater-focused plan in the nation to address non-point source pollution. The plan is the result of a collaborative effort to address groundwater nitrate contamination between NDEQ and four of Nebraska’s NRDs: Lewis and Clark NRD, Lower Elkhorn NRD, Lower Niobrara NRD, and the Upper Elkhorn NRD.


Scientists aim to map West's aquatic species

Christian Science Monitor

The U.S. Forest Service announced what is perhaps its loftiest conservation goal ever: to map every aquatic animal in the Western states. By next summer, the department hopes to release the first Aquatic Environmental DNA Atlas. Such a map could inform future land management decisions and help allocate limited conservation funding, researchers say.

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