Friday, March 3, 2017

Innovate & adapt

West's challenge is still water scarcity, wet winter or not

Lake Powell stretches across the Utah-Arizona border. Known for its house boat tourism, the reservoir also retains water for states in the Upper Colorado River Basin that would otherwise flow through the river and into Lake Mead, which serves more densely populated states in the lower basin. Due to a long drought in recent years the lake, shown here in June 2013, has shrunk far below its traditional levels. JEFFREY D. ALLRED

Deseret News

Christian Science Monitor

With climate change affecting water supplies already strained by urban growth, states in the Colorado River basin are being forced to innovate and adapt. Yet in the face of these challenges, residents of the West aren't resigning themselves to a bleak future. Instead, states in the Colorado River basin have been turning a page toward a new era of water management.

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Oklahoma looks to store water underground

StateImpact Oklahoma

The crippling five-year drought Oklahoma finally broke out of in 2015 is still fresh in the memory of the state’s water regulators, which is looking for ways the state can better withstand future dry spells. The Water Resources Board recently approved new rules to allow water to be stored underground, in aquifers.

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Legislators want say over Gila River project funds

Santa Fe New Mexican

New Mexico legislators want to keep their grip on the tap controlling millions of dollars for a project to divert water from the Gila River. The Senate Conservation Committee on Tuesday backed a bill that would curb a state commission’s power over federal funding for the diversion.

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