Chip Ward wrote this excellent essay, published recently in The Huffington Post. Pink snow is turning red in Colorado. Here on the Great American Desert -- specifically Utah's slickrock portion of it where I live -- hot n' dry means dust. When frequent high winds sweep across our increasingly arid landscape, redrock powder is lifted up and carried hundreds of miles eastward until it settles on th ... read more >>
The U.S. government wants to do more to save Northwest salmon, and faster. And if that doesn't do enough for the imperiled fish, it will consider breaching one or more dams on the Snake River in Washington, sacrificing power production to help fish swim to and from the sea. The approach announced Tuesday by the Obama administration for the Columbia River basin's 13 federally protected runs of sal ... read more >>
From the National Research Council. The St. Johns River is the longest river in Florida, containing extensive freshwater wetlands, numerous large lakes, a wide estuarine channel, and a correspondingly diverse array of native flora and fauna. Water resource management in the river's watershed is the responsibility of the St. Johns River Water Management District (the District). The District must p ... read more >>
Protecting Freshwater Resources in the Era of Global Water Markets: Lessons Learned from Bottled Water
From Noah Hall. My most recent article, Protecting Freshwater Resources in the Era of Global Water Markets: Lessons Learned from Bottled Water, will be published in the next volume of the University of Denver’s Water Law Review and a prepublication draft is now available online. The article covers a brief history of bottled water, the business of bottled water, and opposition to bottled water, al ... read more >>
You might think that one of the world's foremost examples of the impact of climate change would be deterred from making exceptionally pollution-heavy plans for development. You'd be wrong. Despite the fact that global warming is causing its important glaciers to melt astonishingly fast, Greenland is on track to become one of the world's most polluting countries. If all goes according to its indus ... read more >>
When SuSan Small-Hammer wants a shower, she usually drives down the road to her church.
For seven years, she has bought drinking water at the store; if she takes a sip from her kitchen faucet, it may make her ill. If she lets her water supply build, she can do her laundry at home once or twice a month. The rest of the time, she's knocking on a friend's door with a basket of dirty clothes unde ... read more >>
For the first time in nearly 30 years, the Environmental Protection Agency plans to limit the quantity of toxic metals that coal-fired power plants release into waterways.
The agency said Tuesday that equipment required to reduce pollution in the air has increased harmful contaminants in water discharged by power plants, particularly heavy metals such as selenium, cadmium, mercury and lead. Cu ... read more >>
Scientists suspect that parts of the San Joaquin Valley have started to sink again after years of stability, a troubling development that geologists say can be traced to increased pumping of groundwater. ... read more >>
In a warming world, scientists have told us to expect more rain and less snow in the Northwest -- but not less overall precipitation. New evidence, however, suggests that both rain and snowfall may decrease across the region during dry years. Even in the rain-drenched Northwest, the trend could escalate water conflicts if it continues. Farmers, conservationists and city water managers would face ... read more >>