Thursday, July 7, 2016

Contingency plan

Holding off a Western water war one drop at a time

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

This may be what the start of a water war looks like. Drought is draining the West’s largest reservoir, Lake Mead, to historic low levels. Forecasts say climate change will make things worse. Headlines warn of water shortages and cutbacks. Members of Congress are moving to protect their states’ supplies. Yet if war is really imminent, why is one of the region’s most experienced water managers doing the same thing he has done for years — tinkering?

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Iowa panel weighs changes to clean water rules

Cedar Rapids Gazette

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources’ Environmental Protection Commission is considering proposed changes to rules that govern anti-degradation standards included in the state’s clean-water regulations. Groups representing municipal governments and industries, who proposed the changes, say those changes are needed to clarify the state’s anti-degradation rules after a court ruling in March created uncertainty.

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New farm strategies can help prevent soil runoff

Science Daily

University of Missouri scientists have found that the most effective tactic to prevent soil runoff yet maintain high crop yields is to utilize Conservation Reserve Program land strategically to create buffers between the trees and crops depending on the size of the trees.

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