Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015

Snowpack threat

Colorado River Basin high on list of places in peril

National Geographic

National Geographic

Climate scientists have a pretty good idea what is going to happen to much of the Earth’s snow as the planet warms over the next century: It’s going to melt. But the melting will occur at different rates in different places, which has major implications for the 2 billion people who rely on snowmelt for water. All basins will likely have less water, but regions like the Colorado River Basin will be in worse shape than others, a new report says.

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Iowa joins fight against EPA's clean water rule

Des Moines Register

Gov. Terry Branstad said Tuesday Iowa will join 13 other states challenging a federal rule designed to protect smaller streams, tributaries and wetlands, saying the regulations are misguided and would harm farmers, landowners and small businesses.

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3 states work to share the Colorado River's waters

San Diego Union-Tribune

California, Arizona and Nevada have quarreled and litigated over Colorado River water for many decades. Now, the states are slowly moving to a new model of cooperation. Once rare water shortages have become seemingly perpetual, posing a common danger. So instead of fighting to secure the most water for themselves, the states are increasingly focused on conserving water.

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