Thursday, May 12, 2016

Streamflow study

Groundwater, surface water considered a joint resource


Science Daily

More than half of the streamflow in the Upper Colorado River Basin originates as groundwater, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey study published in the journal Water Resources Research. The entire Colorado River Basin currently supports 50 million people, and that amount is expected to increase by 23 million between 2000 and 2030. On average, 90 percent of streamflow in the Colorado River Basin originates in the Upper Basin, which is the area above Lees Ferry, Ariz.


Utah launches 'H2Oath' conservation campaign

Salt Lake Tribune

Utahns who have long said they would do more to conserve water if only they knew how now have a chance to prove it. The Utah Division of Water Resources kicked off its new conservation initiative, H2Oath, this week at a ceremonial signing during which several Utah institutions, including the University of Utah and Utah's four largest water districts, pledged to reduce their water use.


The high cost of underinvesting in infrastructure

American Society of Civil Engineers

Today's release of the ASCE's Failure to Act: Closing the Investment Gap for America's Economic Future reveals that inadequate infrastructure is costing every American family $3,400 a year in disposable income. The economic study, an update to the initial series ASCE released prior to the 2013 Report Card, identifies the 10-year needs across 10 categories of infrastructure as $3.3 trillion, including a $1.4 trillion investment gap.

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