Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017

International dip

Progress slow on new Colorado Basin drought plan

Colorado River from Moab Rim. (USGS)


Associated Press & Nevada Independent

Three months after U.S. and Mexican officials signed a much praised Colorado River water agreement, they appear no closer to a drought contingency plan, as negotiations have pitted states and water districts against one another. The plan, known as Minute 323, calls for Mexico to give up some water in exchange for U.S. investment in water improvement projects there. Despite the obstacles, Colorado River managers have reaffirmed their commitment to a drought plan.


Big ideas: Alliance rolls out its One Water report

NACWA & U.S. Water Alliance

The U.S. Water Alliance has released the executive summary of its One Water for America Policy Framework, capping a series of national listening sessions across the country and presenting a vision of how the U.S. can better view, value and manage water. The document synthesizes input received during the listening sessions into seven big ideas for the sustainable management of water.


Las Vegas Raiders stadium clears permit hurdle

Las Vegas Review-Journal

The construction of an NFL stadium in Las Vegas apparently won’t be delayed by an underground flood channel after all. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has signed off on plans to move the flood-control culvert so construction can begin in earnest at the future home of the Las Vegas Raiders. Clark County Regional Flood Control District officials announced Monday that it received a so-called Section 408 permit from the Corps of Engineers on Friday, allowing the flood channel work to proceed at the 63-acre stadium site.