Thursday, March 3, 2016

Drying up

Will the Great Salt Lake be reduced to dust?

Deseret News

Deseret News

Blame it on the pioneers and the historical diversions from a trio of rivers. The waters of the Great Salt Lake have shrunk by 48 percent and its levels diminished by 11 feet since pioneers first arrived in 1847. A white paper exploring the impacts of water development on the Great Salt Lake and Wasatch Front was released last week, providing a cautionary message on further development that warrants a strong examination of the benefits, and the costs.

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Settlement reached over Animas River water rights

Durango Herald

A settlement over diversion and storage rights to Animas River water was rubber-stamped in Colorado this week, ending more than two years of negotiations and laying the groundwork for regional entities to develop water projects.

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Protection of Colorado River called disjointed

Associated Press

Environmental protection for the Colorado River — the lifeblood of the Southwest — is disjointed and too often gets a low priority in the management of the waterway, independent researchers said in a new report. Four, multimillion-dollar conservation programs do valuable work but would have more impact if they treated the entire 1,450-mile river as a single, integrated system, researchers said.

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