Here are some links to recent blog posts, opinion pieces, and news articles about water issues in the Western United States:

Squeezing Blood From the Desert: The West Grapples With Less Water – “No matter the place — California’s Central Valley, southern Nevada, the Colorado River, the Southern Plains — water is harder to find across much of the West. And, with energy demand and populations growing, once-unfathomable choices about water pricing and the future of agriculture are unavoidable.”

Water availability top issue for central Arizona farmers – “Initial findings from an Arizona State University (ASU) and University of Arizona (UA) Cooperative Extension survey of central Arizona farmers suggest problems in water availability for agriculture will continue as a front-and-center issue….”

WATER LINES: CMU prof involved in Coal Creek/Crystal River restoration – “In western Colorado, years of large-scale coal mining and associated activities conducted in an area characterized by extremely unstable, steep slopes has resulted in widespread erosion and debris flows that are degrading water quality and stream habitat throughout a 27-square-mile area known as Coal Basin, and contributing to sedimentation issues in the Crystal River.”

Water Conservation, Value among Topics at Governor’s Water Conference – “Kansas water issues were the topic when more than 500 people came together for the Governor’s Conference on the Future of Water in Kansas Oct. 30-31in Manhattan. The conference was hosted by Kansas State University and the Kansas Water Office.”

Water alliance to represent western Nebraska interests – “Concern for the future of water users in western Nebraska has prompted a group from the North Platte Natural Resources District and the North Platte Valley Irrigators Association to join forces to provide a formal organization that will meet regularly to preserve, protect and promote water resources and irrigated agriculture in the North Platte Valley of western Nebraska, and to engage educational, agricultural, scientific and lobbying activities with respect to these resources.”




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